LSE ‘exceeds expectations’ in recent ISI inspection 2013

In January 2013 we had an Extended Monitoring Visit inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. The executive summary of that inspection is as follows:


SUMMARY OF FINDINGS

The language school exceeds expectations. The previous inspection of 10 to 12 October 2011 was judged to exceed expectations and the quality of education as judged at that time has been maintained.

All students are tested on arrival and complete a needs analysis, which helps teachers in course planning. Teachers use commercially produced course books, as well as a variety of materials from a materials bank, to best meet student needs. Teaching observed was of a high standard and teachers have excellent subject knowledge. Assessment of work is regular and timely, though the results collected by the school from external examinations are not yet used to full effect. For those preparing for university, assessment is rigorous and effective. Regular tutorials and testing focus on student progress.

Health and safety provision is of a very high standard, underpinned by trained staff, accurate and comprehensive records and monitoring by external specialist companies. Premises on both sites have undergone recent refurbishment and are attractive, affording students a very comfortable and safe learning environment.
Pastoral care is good and guidance for students going to university is well targeted. The systems in place for making the necessary reports to the UK Border Agency (UKBA) are effective.

Senior management provides excellent leadership and a strong sense of direction in the school. It makes an effort to inform and consult staff on developments and is clear in its strategy of obtaining staff commitment to change. Communications, both formal and informal, are regular, effective and valued by staff. A range of quality processes are designed to ensure the on-going excellence of the school. However, not all staff checks have been completed prior to their appointment.

Click here to read full monitoring visit report from January 2013

Click here to read the full inspection report from October 2011

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