In March 2023, the School was inspected by the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate. The Focused Compliance inspection was combined with an inspection of Educational Quality.
Key Educational Quality Findings:
The Educational Quality inspection reports on the quality of the School’s work and focuses on two key outcomes: 1) the achievement of the pupils, including their academic development and 2) the personal development of the pupils.
Quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements – EXCELLENT
Quality of the pupils’ personal development – EXCELLENT
Key Compliance Findings:
The School meets all the standards of the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 and the relevant framework for the EYFS and associated requirements.
Quality of education provided – MET / Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils – MET / Welfare, health and safety of pupils – MET / Suitability of staff, supply staff and proprietors – MET / Premises of and accommodation at schools – MET / Provision of information – MET / Manner in which complaints are handled – MET / Quality of leadership in and management of schools – MET
In June 2018, the School had a Regulatory Compliance Inspection visit conducted by school inspectors from the Independent Schools Inspectorate. This type of cyclical inspection is focused solely on determining whether or not the School meets the requirements of the Independent Schools Standards Regulations (2014). The main finding is that the School meets all of the regulatory requirements (including those for the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation and that no further action is required by the School as a result of this inspection.
In June 2015, the School was inspected by the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate. The main findings of the report state that:
“In fulfilment of its stated aims, the school is successful in achieving overall excellence in all inspected aspects of its provision, including the EYFS. The pupils’ positive approach to their studies and teaching of high quality are reflected in their good progress and significant academic achievement, including strong performances in national curriculum tests and in entry examinations to maintained and independent senior schools… The school achieves high standards in all that it undertakes, with pastoral care at the heart of its mission.”
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“Just a note to say thank you to St Michael's for our son's 8 years at the school. He's enjoyed every second of it and has fully embraced all the opportunities the school has to offer. I'm sure his time at the school will stand him in excellent stead for secondary school. As an additional mention, I wanted to let you know how wonderful Mrs Matthews has been for our daughter in Year 4. We've always felt that the teaching has been very good at the school but Mrs Matthews seems to be on a whole other level! Her communication, feedback and encouragement has been excellent. She has clearly spent time really getting to understand the children and our adughter's confidence and ability has come on in leaps and bounds. We cannot thank her enough! ”
- Mrs Levell, Parent
“After a lengthy search in West Oxfordshire at numerous other private schools, I found none of them were a patch on St Michael's. They had huge grounds, impressive sporting and drama facilities, however the special family/nurturing feel we've always loved about St Michael's just wasn't there at all. I decided that if we couldn't find a school which measured up to St Michael's, then there was little point in moving, so we stopped the house move and are remaining where we are.”
- Mrs Falconer, Parent
“During my time at St Michaels, not only did I really enjoy it, I found that I wasn’t scared to move on and I felt prepared and ready for senior school. I now realise just how much the school gave me and at Senior School, I have found topics that I had already covered or had been hinted to in the lessons at St Michael’s. So I really thank the school and feel grateful for the preparation that I had and now use. ”
- Francesca Halling, Former Pupil
“As a former pupil, St. Michael's was the obvious choice. Their values and school ethos have remained the same and Sophia has become a confident, caring and hardworking individual. ”
- Mrs Lloyd, Former Parent
“Just wanted to say a big Thank You to all staff and teachers over the last few months. As a full time working Mum I don't know what I would have done without the structure provided each day.”
- Mrs Homer, Parent
“..thriving, secure, ‘family feel’ environment where children are positively nurtured as individuals and able to reach their own potential.”
- Mrs Foy, Parent
“St. Michael's is a wonderful school. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a safe haven for their child to grow, learn to be well rounded individuals with the love of God in their hearts and love for all human beings as well as develop academically putting them in a good position ready for the next level of education.”
- Mrs Balogun, Former Parent
“St. Michael's is a well organised school with a long track record of academic excellence. The small classes combined with the warmth and positivity of the staff make it a fantastic place to learn, grow and thrive. I loved my time at the school so for me the choice was simple. ”
- Mrs Grant, Parent and Former Pupil
“St. Michael's has been on our radar for the last few years following on from various positive conversations with different people about the school, your results and the general atmosphere and approach. With our daughter now turning two, we felt it was a good time to start enquiring and visiting the school. We're so glad we did!”
- Prospective Parent