Inspection Reports

Read the ISI reports for Cumnor House Nursery and Cumnor House Schools, as well as a review in The Good Schools Guide.

The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) is an independent, government-approved body which provides objective inspections to safeguard the quality and effectiveness of the education, care and welfare of children in schools. ISI is not an arm of the government, but an independent, not-for-profit inspectorate. Its work is monitored on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE) and a public report is made annually to the Secretary of State. ISI regularly contributes to the development of the national policy for education and welfare, including the latest DfE legislation and statutory guidance.


Safeguarding is at the heart of all ISI inspections. This involves checking whether schools are compliant with the minimum standards required, not only in terms of policies and procedures but, importantly, in what they do. ISI inspectors not only check documentation but also interview staff and pupils to satisfy themselves as to the school’s safeguarding culture.

Cumnor House also featured in The Good Schools Guide.

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Everywhere we saw evidence of lively and careful teaching, and the boys were vociferous about how much they enjoyed lessons.

‘History is my favourite, because it’s all about old things, and did you know that Henry VIII died because his bottom exploded on the toilet!’ cried a year 2 lad enthusiastically. The older boys were more…

Inspection Reports

Cumnor House School for Boys - ISI Report 2017

Educational Quality Inspection


‘The quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements is excellent. Pupils exhibit a deep love of learning and are highly motivated. Pupils demonstrate substantial success in achieving scholarships and places at senior schools of choice.’

‘The quality of the pupils’ personal development is excellent. Pupils demonstrate substantial self-confidence and self-awareness. Pupils display excellent awareness of and sensitivity towards the needs of others. Pupils feel extremely safe, well-known and cared for.’

Cumnor House School for Boys - ISI Report 2017



‘The school meets the standards in the schedule to he Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014, relevant requirements of the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and associated requirements.’

Cumnor House School for Girls - ISI Report 2018

Compliance Inspection


Cumnor House School for Girls - ISI Report 2014

Integrated Inspection


‘The achievement of the pupils is excellent and successfully fulfills the school’s aims. The pupils have a strong learning ethos, they are highly articulate, they listen carefully, the quality of their writing is of a high standard and the standard of their mathematics is exceptional.’

‘Pupils are very successful in their entry examinations to their senior schools and win a large number of academic and other scholarships.’ 

Revised Independent School StandardsDownload