2016 Inspection Report

Hampton School achieves rarely awarded ‘exceptional’ rating.

A 13-strong team of inspectors from The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) ‒ the government-approved body responsible for assessing standards at UK independent schools ‒ spent four days at Hampton School in March 2016. They examined all aspects of school life, from the quality of academic and co-curricular provision to pastoral care and the effectiveness of leadership and governance at the School.

The inspectors’ findings were outstandingly positive with Hampton being awarded the highest available judgement in each area: i.e. ‘exceptional’ for pupils’ achievements and learning, and ‘excellent’ in the other categories.

The ISI report, which can be read in full here,states that:

“The excellent academic achievement of the pupils identified by the previous inspection has been consolidated and enhanced to reach exceptional levels.”

Further to the academic and co-curricular achievements of Hampton pupils the inspectors also praised the School for fostering a culture “in which the individual matters and everyone’s contribution is valued.” They added “The School achieves its aim to produce mature, confident yet grounded young men who are a positive force in the School and the wider community”. It was noted that “excellent governance, and leadership and management, provide a strong foundation for the pupils’ exceptional achievement and excellent personal development”.

Hampton School Headmaster, Kevin Knibbs, commented:

“The ISI report is a wonderful independent endorsement of the happiness and success of our School community and we are delighted that our visitors were so impressed by what they observed here. Their findings are testament to the day-to-day teamwork, enthusiasm and commitment of our multi-talented boys, our hugely dedicated staff and our supportive parents and governors.”.