Inspection Reports

Outstanding or Excellent in every area.

Independent Schools Association June 2014

It was wonderful to welcome The Gower School into ISA membership a year ago and to now see it join the elite ranks of ISA schools that have achieved the highest inspection accolade: outstanding or excellent in every category. This is testament to the hard work of the staff and to the first-class leadership of the school, which clearly puts the pupils at the centre of all it does. It has been a pleasure to support the work of The Gower School in helping them to achieve this fabulous result.

Neil Roskilly, CEO of the Independent Schools Association.

As a member of the Independent Schools Association, The Gower School is inspected by the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate. ISI inspected the primary and nursery schools in June 2014 and graded the school Excellent or Outstanding in every single category. ISI visited both nursery and primary schools for a regulatory compliance inspection, and EYFS inspection in May 2018, the school was fully compliant in all areas, and the EYFS inspection outcome was Outstanding in every area.

The regulatory compliance and EYFS inspection report in 2018 made the following comments about The Gower School:

Children under two make rapid progress relative to their starting points and are well prepared for the next stage of their education. Children’s needs are at the heart of the setting; staff planning supports and challenges every child and identifies their next steps.


Staff are experts in promoting learning, self-esteem, and a sense of achievement as well as problem-solving skills. Assessment processes are thorough and highly effective throughout the setting. Staff plan a range of exciting experiences, both indoors and outside, according to children’s needs and interests.


Behaviour is exemplary. Staff prepare children to respect and care for one another. Children are happy, safe and secure within their nurturing environment. Children build very secure and loving relationships with key people and all staff in their room.


All staff work together as an extremely successful and committed team who create a calm and nurturing environment where children and are happy and secure, yet confident to take risks. Staff feel they are listened to and appreciate the many opportunities they have for appropriate professional development.


Exemplary arrangements for safeguarding are a strength of the setting. Leadership and management are a strength of the setting.


You can see the Regulatory Compliance Inspection report from the Independent Schools Inspectorate May 2018 here: