ISI Report October 2023

In October 2023, Lancing was inspected under the Independent Schools Inspectorate’s (ISI) new framework, which came into effect from September 2023.  Under Framework 23, schools no longer receive a one-word judgement or grade; instead, pupil experience is scrutinised under four key areas.

  1. Leadership and management 
  1. Quality of education 
  1. Pupils’ physical and mental health and emotional wellbeing 
  1. Pupils’ social and economic education and contribution to society 

The inspection took place over 2.5 days and during that time inspectors observed scores of lessons, met with hundreds of students and a wide range of teaching and non-teaching staff and with members of our Governing Body. Questionnaires were sent out to all parents, pupils and staff, and responses were analysed.

The report reflects the excellence of the College and the superb nature of our care and work with pupils both within and beyond the classroom.  We are recognised to meet - and in many cases exceed - all the standards and regulations governing the running of an independent boarding school, and to be compliant in all areas. But we go so much further than this.

The learning culture of the school, so clearly shown in 2023's excellent A Level and GCSE results, and the pastoral care of our pupils work harmoniously together to support, enable, and inspire the young men and women of whom we are so proud, and whose understanding of their school and collective identity has been so clearly communicated to the Inspectorate.   

Lancing College ISI Report 2023
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Pastoral Care a Significant Strength 

We are one of very few schools inspected under the new framework to have been described as exhibiting a Significant Strength. This is a hugely exciting validation of what we do here at Lancing.

To be described in this way is the highest accolade of the new Inspection structure. It is a label applied only where a school does something truly exceptional and with impact across the whole pupil body.  It is designed to be something rare and such affirmation is to be treasured.

Lancing’s pastoral provision is recognised as our Significant Strength. Our care for the young people in our charge is the bedrock of all our success. We have trumpeted this year’s phenomenal exam results, and it is my firm belief that this comes down not just to the academic expertise we have in spades here, but the shared vocation and determination of all the College staff to bring out the best in every member of the community. 


Read the Full Report - ISI Report 2023