Swaminarayan School Inspection Summary
13th November 2014
The Swaminarayan School judged as Excellent in all areas
The Swaminarayan School, Europe’s first independent Hindu school, was inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate [ISI]in early October. The school was judged to be excellent in all areas, confirming its position as one of the best independent schools in the country.
ISI, the agency responsible for the inspection of all accredited independent schools, examines and reports on all educational provision for pupils, including those less than five years of age.
The Swaminarayan School is an independent day school for boys and girls aged between two-and-a-half to eighteen years with 496 pupils. The School was founded in 1992 by His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj to provide the very best of British education while reinforcing Hindu values and traditions.
After spending almost a week at the School, the team of seven ISI inspectors reported on the School’s excellent standards, highlighting the success that has been achieved not only through exceptional academic results, but also in providing spiritual, moral, social and cultural development in addition to excellent pastoral care and links with parents and the wider community.
The official report states on the success of the school, “The Swaminarayan School enables pupils to obtain excellent standards in their work and to develop outstanding qualities as young people. They combine this with achieving excellent results in public examinations throughout the school. Pupils in the EYFS receive an outstanding preparation for the move into Year 1. Excellent teaching throughout the school supports pupils’ academic progress, and provides a good focus on meeting different pupils’ needs. Both at GCSE and in the sixth form, pupils benefit from first class curricular arrangements, and from a wide-ranging programme of activities.”
“At GCSE pupils achieve three times as many A*/A grades as the national average. At A Level the proportion of pupils gaining A*/B was higher than the national average for maintained schools.”
The contribution of curricular and extra-curricular provision is excellent.”
“The quality of leadership and management, including links with parents, carers and guardians, is excellent. The leadership of the school provides a clear moral compass, which guides every aspect of school life. The quality of governance is excellent. Governors bring considerable commitment and expertise to their work.
“The EYFS setting makes outstanding provision in meeting the needs of the range of children who attend. The contribution of the early years provision to children’s well-being is outstanding. The overall quality and standards of the early years provision are outstanding. Staff provide excellent role models by their considerate, caring behaviour, and relationships between staff, children and parents are excellent.
Headteachers Mr Manani and Mr Raja attributed the ISI’s findings to the collective efforts of everyone involved with the School. “The credit for this success goes to our teamwork – committed and dedicated staff supported by governors, trustees, hardworking pupils and parents who recognise the value of education.”
The Full Inspection Report will be available on the school website: www.swaminarayan.brent.sch.uk from Thursday, 13 November 2014
For further information, please contact the School Secretary on 020 8965 8381 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors
The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI)
The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) is the body approved by the Department for Education for the purpose of inspecting schools belonging to Independent Schools Council (ISC) Associations and reporting on compliance with independent school regulations. ISI inspections are also carried out under arrangements of the ISC Associations for the maintenance and improvement of the quality of their membership.