Inspection Reports and Reviews

Monkton Combe is regularly inspected by ISI, a government approved, independent inspectorate for independent schools, quality assured on behalf of the Department for Education, alongside frequent reviews by several highly regarded publishings.

Prep School

ISIIndependent Schools Inspectorate

The Prep School had their Focused Compliance and Educational Quality Inspection by the ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) in May 2018 and were rated “Excellent”.

Below are some of the comments from inspectors:

"The school successfully meets its aim to inspire young people to become confident, kind and ambitious adults who live fulfilling lives. Pupils exude a palpable enthusiasm for learning, both inside and outside the classroom, supported by leaders setting high expectations for all."

Boarders report that they particularly enjoy the boarding experience and display pride in their growing sense of independence.  This is reinforced by emphatic care and support from the boarding staff.”

The Prep School also had a Regulatory Compliance Inspection in January 2023. The school met all of the standards in the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014, the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools 2022, and relevant requirements of the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, and associated requirements, and no further action was required as a result of this inspection.

Focused Compliance and Educational Quality Inspection - May 2018

Regulatory Compliance Inspection - Jan 2023


The Good Schools GuideGood Schools Guide

Prep children “are praised for what they can do, and encouraged to adopt the growth mind-set philosophy of ‘I can’t do this – yet’. 

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Senior School

ISIIndependent Schools Inspectorate

Educational Quality Inspection

The Senior School was last inspected by ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) in December 2016 and rated “Excellent” by the visiting inspectors.

Some quotes from the report include:

Pupils "are lively, hardworking and self-aware, responding enthusiastically to the academic and non-academic challenges available to them. Pupils thrive as a result of high-quality leadership and management which ensure that the school is highly successful in fulfilling its aim to provide a high-quality education in a distinctive boarding school environment."

High levels of success are achieved, most particularly in sport, drama and music. Initiatives such as the ‘Team Monkton’ elite extension activities programme ensure that the best athletes are continually encouraged to reach for greater success.” 

Full Report

ISIIndependent Schools Inspectorate

Regulatory Compliance Inspection

The Senior School went through a compliance inspection in November 2019 and met all the required standards. Please note that in compliance inspections no qualitative judgements are made so the standards are either met or not met. The descriptors are all standard text and do not allow for individuality, detailed description or judgement words.

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The Good Schools GuideGood Schools Guide: 

About the pupils: Kind, thoughtful and nice to each other (we liked the easy way in which students from different year groups interacted over our shared lunch).

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TatlerTatler Schools Guide 2022

Monkton features in the top public schools in the South-West & Wales in the last 3 years.

Such is the extraordinary ethos of this small co-educational boarding school, set in a stunning valley near Bath, where a culture of self-discovery is underpinned by Christian values, a strong sense of family and ‘powerful pastoral provision’.

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