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Inspection Report & Reviews

Our most recent report from the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI)*, in November 2019, judged that we’re an ‘excellent’ school for pupils’ personal development and achievement. It highlighted the benefits of our unique structure, saying: ‘Pupils benefit from the full integration and mix of a co-educational and single-sex education in the three sections of the school … Their high standard of achievement is promoted by a learning experience that allows them to be together for some aspects of learning on other occasions apart.’



The quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements is excellent.

– Pupils throughout the school achieve highly in a wide range of academic study and extra-curricular activity.

– Pupils make excellent progress from their starting points during their time in school including pupils with SEND.

– Pupils demonstrate particular strengths in all forms of communication and in numeracy.

– Pupils have excellent attitudes to learning.

*ISI is the body responsible for the inspection of schools in membership of the Associations that make up the Independent Schools Council. It is approved for the purpose of inspection under Section 162A of the Education Act 2002, and reports to the Department for Education on the extent to which schools meet statutory requirements. ISI inspection is for the benefit of pupils and seeks to improve the quality and effectiveness of their education and of the care for their welfare.

ISI Focused Compliance and Educational Quality Inspection Reports November 2019 ISI Regulatory Compliance Inspection Report for The Schools at Somerhill ISI Inspection Report for Somerhill Pre-Prep & Yardley Court ISI Inspection Report for Derwent Lodge

The Good Schools Guide

‘Girls and boys thrive in a single-sex learning environment where they can take risks but eat together at lunchtime and cross paths during the day’

The Good Schools Guide is an independent guide that provides unbiased reviews of the top 1,000 schools in the UK. Each school is selected by merit alone to be included in the guide, and the review is based on interviews with the headteacher, parents and pupils.

Read our Good Schools Guide review

Muddy Stilettos

Muddy Stilettos published an in-depth review of Somerhill for its Best Schools Guide.

Read our Muddy Stilettos review

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