Inspection Reports

School inspections are a critical part of our commitment to improving the quality of our education, the effectiveness of our care and the standard of our welfare.

As soon as an inspection of the school by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) has taken place, the report will be downloadable here. ISI is formally approved by the Secretary of State for Education to inspect association independent schools in England. This approval is outlined in section 87A of the Children Act 1989 and section 106 of the Education and Skills Act 2008.

In November 2021, Maida Vale School was inspected by Ofsted. We are delighted to announce that the overall effectiveness was judged ‘Good’, with ‘Outstanding’ Behaviour and Attitudes. Find the full report below.

OFSTED REPORT JULY 2020 (before opening)


The inspection system has changed recently. Schools are now inspected more regularly and alternate inspections focus solely on legal compliance. The July 2020 inspection is a legal compliance inspection.

The Gardener Schools Group has been providing education of the highest quality for 30 years. Read more about the Gardener Schools Group.

Areas of Inspection

Section 1: Leadership and management, and governance. This framework emphasises that leadership and management refer to leadership throughout the school as required by the Standards and does not refer only to senior leadership in a school. Inspectors understand the distinction between the roles and responsibilities of governance and those of executive leadership/management.

Section 2: Pupils’ education, training and recreation. The evaluation of the quality of education will contain clear reporting of pupils’ progress and outcomes.

Section 3: Pupils’ physical and mental health and emotional wellbeing with reference to the Standards and any applicable statutory guidance.

Section 4: Pupils’ social and economic wellbeing and contribution to society. This section will include evaluation of careers provision.

The final section on Safeguarding will form the concluding section of the framework and inspection report. The word ‘safeguarding’ will incorporate reference to the protection of pupils from harm and neglect and will refer to applicable statutory guidance.