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Excellent all round

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The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) gave the College and the Prep School a perfect score in every single category in their Inspection Report, conducted at the end of 2021.

In addition to meeting every point in the Regulatory Compliance Inspection, the Educational Quality Inspection gave us the highest possible rating of 'Excellent' in the two key areas assessed - the quality of pupils' achievements, and the quality of pupils' personal development.

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Pupils grow into young adults with well-grounded self-confidence and a firm belief in their ability to succeed and to make a difference.”

— Independent Schools Inspectorate 2021

When you read the reports you will note that we actually had two inspections take place simultaneously: Regulatory Compliance and Educational Quality.

The Regulatory Compliance Inspection report is a pass/fail exercise that uses standard phrases and language. The College and Prep were found to have met all eight compliance standards.

The Educational Quality Inspection report is the much fuller, second part of the report and focuses in detail upon the educational experience of pupils at Brighton. 


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I am delighted for our pupils and our teachers that their values and achievements have been recognised in such glowing terms by the inspectors. It means a lot to all of us to have external affirmation of this nature.”

— Richard Cairns (Head Master)

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Pupils’ achievements, academic and co-curricular, are outstanding in their breadth and ambition.”

— Independent Schools Inspectorate 2021

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Pupils have embraced the school’s encouragement to become the best version of themselves, not a second-rate version of someone else.”

— Independent Schools Inspectorate 2021

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Pupils summed up their attitude as being: if an action to help others will do good and no harm, and you can do it, then you should do it.”

— Independent Schools Inspectorate 2021