The British School in Tokyo has once again been officially recognised as Excellent, the highest grading possible, in all of the eight areas examined by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI). In March 2015 a team of ten inspectors, all experienced educators led by Dr Christopher Ray, spent a full week in the School conducting searching interviews with both teaching and administrative staff and with students, in addition to observing well over a hundred complete lessons.
In their final report the inspectors concluded that BST fully meets its aim to be a leader in the provision of a first-class, values-driven international education and confirmed the School’s reputation for excellence with an emphasis on outstanding teaching, academic achievement, service to others, teamwork and leadership.
Confirming full compliance with British Schools Overseas (BSO) standards, the inspection covered eight specific areas:
- The quality of the pupils’ achievements and their learning, attitudes and skills
- The contribution of curricular and extra-curricular provision (including community links of benefit to pupils)
- The contribution of teaching
- The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils
- The contribution of arrangements for welfare, health and safety
- The quality of governance
- The quality of leadership and management
- The quality of links with parents, carers and guardians
A few of the many highlights of the report include:
- The quality of pupils’ achievements and of their learning, attitudes and skills is excellent throughout the school
- Pupils demonstrate in their learning high levels of motivation, initiative, intellectual curiosity and organisation
- Teachers have excellent subject knowledge and successfully employ a challenging, innovative and varied range of teaching methods that meet pupils’ needs and foster interest, enthusiasm and great enjoyment
- Relationships between teachers and pupils are invariably exemplary at all levels
- Every appropriate opportunity is taken to promote the development of spiritual, moral, social and cultural education through a well-planned and extremely effective whole-school approach
- At all levels leadership and management provide clear educational direction, as reflected in the excellent quality of education and standards of personal development
Most importantly, perhaps, through interviews and a comprehensive pre-inspection questionnaire, the inspectors found that pupils in all sectors of the School felt safe and happy. The full report may be found here.
The ISI is a body approved by the British Government for the purpose of inspecting schools in England and overseas. As such, ISI reports to the English Department for Education (DfE) on the extent to which schools meet the relevant Standards for British Schools Overseas and the ISI Framework requirements.