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Inspection Report

Independent School Inspectorate (ISI) Integrated Inspection

Rookwood School was inspected by The Independent School Inspectorate (ISI) in March 2023.

Integrated Inspection Report Summary

  • The quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievement is good.
  • The quality of the pupils’ personal development is good.
  • Pupils make good progress because teaching takes effective account of the demands of each test and examination, and the needs and learning preferences of all pupils.
  • Pupils have an excellent understanding of their mental, physical and emotional wellbeing, and a secure knowledge of how to stay safe, including when online.
  • Pupils are excellent communicators, speaking and writing thoughtfully and persuasively.
  • Pupils develop strong mathematical, technological and linguistic competence from an early age. Pupils’ strong knowledge and skills in numeracy and information and communication technology (ICT) enhance their learning effectively across the curriculum.
Rookwood School's Highfield reception building in Andover, Hampshire.

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“Pupils make good progress because teaching takes effective account of the demands of each test and examination, and the needs and learning preferences of all pupils.”


Further findings

  • Pupils have strong study skills, which develop their capacity to synthesise information from a range of sources and hypothesise accurately.
  • Pupils make a strong contribution to the life of the school and the wider community.
  • Principles and values are actively promoted which facilitate the personal development of pupils as responsible, tolerant and law-abiding citizens.
  • Pupils develop leadership through formal positions of responsibility, such as form captain or school council representative. In this way, they make a significant contribution to the wellbeing of other members of the school community.
Rookwood School building exterior

Rookwood Family

A student and staff member cooking healthy, filling food as part of an enrichment project at Rookwood School.

Rupert – Upper Sixth

My EPQ which has challenged me from an academic perspective as well as offering personal development.

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Student of Rookwood Independent School posing.

Isabelle – Year 7

The school is really good at helping those who are finding things difficult and hard, they are really supportive when you need help and advice.

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A Rookwood Sixth Form student in the classroom talking to a teacher.

Mrs Jellard

I am proud to be part of our community and see the impact we can have on students and the progress they can make.

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