ISI Inspection Report

Cheadle Hulme School is proud to announce a positive inspection report from the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI), following a three-day visit in March 2024.


The report commends the school for its inclusive, values-driven ethos and the diverse and enriching educational experiences it offers to all pupils.

In line with the ISI’s new framework, schools are no longer given headline judgements; instead they are assessed as to whether they meet the expected ISI standards relating to five key areas: leadership, management and governance, the quality of education, pupils’ physical and mental health and wellbeing, social and economic education and safeguarding.

The School successfully met the standards required in every one of these areas. 

It is clear from the report that the inspectors gained a genuine insight into what CHS stands for during their visit, as evidenced in their first summary point:

The school’s ‘Waconian Values’ of resilience, integrity, endeavour, contribution and compassion are central to how the school operates. Pupils know and understand the values well. They try hard to always follow them. Pupils develop self-confidence, with strong moral foundations, during their time at the school.

They also commented on our inclusive community ethos:

Leaders have developed an inclusive atmosphere, which fosters a positive and inclusive ethos, prioritising mutual respect, care, tolerance and celebration of differences. Pupils’ self-confidence is actively nurtured through strong relationships with peers and staff. 


The new inspection framework does allow inspectors to highlight where a school exhibits a ‘significant strength’ and are pleased to join the select group of schools where such a strength has been acknowledged in their inspection report:

The co-curricular programme enables pupils to achieve well at a national level, remain healthy and provide support for local and international communities. School leaders have developed a programme which enables pupils to acquire knowledge and skills that help to prepare them for life beyond school. This is a significant strength.

The new ISI framework focuses heavily on leadership and pupil welfare, with relatively few references to teaching, learning and academic results. However, the quality of our academic offer has also been acknowledged in the summary comments:

The curriculum enables pupils to experience a wide range of subjects and activities. Pupils make good progress, and GCSE and A-level results are consistently high because of effective teaching.

The full report can be found below.