The Iona School School Inspection Service (SIS) Report 2016
Summary of main findings:
The Iona Steiner School provides an outstanding education for its pupils. It meets all of the Independent School Standards. Teaching and the curriculum are outstanding and all pupils, whatever their starting points, make exceptionally good progress and reach standards which are at least in line with and often well above those expected for their age. Teachers know their pupils well and plan teaching which meets the needs of individuals, challenging them within the range of their ability and providing very well targeted support and guidance which ensures every pupil makes progress. In lessons pupils are focused and fully engaged with learning. They persevere with tasks even when they are challenging. Pupils’ personal development is outstanding and their behaviour is excellent. Pupils have good opportunities to learn about the British values of democracy, equality, liberty and the rule of law. They know about other faiths and cultures. The school’s arrangements for safeguarding and ensuring pupils’ welfare, health and safety are outstanding, including the safe recruitment of staff. Pastoral care is excellent and pupils’ development, happiness and security is at the heart of everything the school does. Leadership and management are outstanding. School leaders are visionary and they have created an outstanding team of staff who work exceptionally well together and deliver an excellent and exceptionally well rounded education for every child. The Trustees know the school well and there is a strong culture of school self-evaluation and improvement. They have ensured that all the independent standards are met. Parents are overwhelmingly supportive of the school and many provided touching examples of how the school had enriched their children’s lives. Pupils are rightly appreciative of the inspirational teaching they receive and the opportunities afforded to them by the excellent curriculum. A number of pupils said that they missed school during holidays and were delighted when it was time to return.