ISI inspection accomplished
by Petr Pospíšil
From Monday 12th to Thursday 15th November our school went through a rigorous inspection carried out by the Independent School Inspectorate (ISI). Mr John Dunston together with Penelope Kirk were checking and scrutinising all we do at International School Olomouc following the newly revised standards for British Schools Overseas (BSO) applicable from September 2017.
Independent school inspectorate is one of the approved inspection bodies to carry out inspections at British schools around the world. In England ISI checks some of the leading independent schools, such as Rugby or Harrow and actually serves as the main inspection for the independent sector in the UK. With the new British conservative government the BSO standards came under scrutiny and were made more in line with what is expected from the independent schools in the UK. As a result the bar for the minimum standards was raised quite significantly and so the two inspections we went through here in Olomouc, one in 2013 and the second just now (both conducted by ISI) has been an entirely different experience.
The inspection week was quite intense for us all and we are now awaiting the final report to be published. The timescale for this is about six weeks from the inspection visit. When the report is officially out the school will hold an information evening for parents to provide details about the structure of the inspection and present the results. This meeting will be most likely organized during January 2019.
However, we now know that our continuous registration as a British School Overseas with the Department of Education is secured. This is very important since in 2019 we will be also renewing our licence with the Czech Ministry of Education. As part of this process we will need to present a document confirming that our school is registered with the Department of Education in the UK. Thanks to this we can also continue providing an educational programme taught mainly in English to children of compulsory school age living or residing temporarily in the Czech Republic.
They will gain perfect knowledge of English.
Your child will become a global citizen with wide understanding of local and international topics.
We put a strong emphasis on the development on subject specific skills rather than on acquisition of knowledge.
Emphasis on skills development (not just memorising).
Individual approach; school’s ability to motivate for improvement.
Your child will be excited to come to school.