Last week, I had attended Level 1 training as a British Schools Overseas (BSO) inspector.
The Department for Education in the UK put in place a voluntary scheme for the inspection of British schools overseas, whereby schools are inspected against a common set of standards that international schools following the British curriculum can choose to adopt. BSO and the Department for Education in the UK have six approved inspectorates in operation around the world and these are monitored by Ofsted. Schools meeting the standards will have their inspection reports published on the Department's website.
In 2011 Alice Smith School was one of the first schools in the world to be successfully accredited through BSO with one of these inspectorates and, as the requisite three years have now passed, we are planning our next inspection for Term 1 in the next academic year.
There are not many times in a busy term where there is an allocated time to stop, take stock and look back on the schools achievements to date from an external perspective. The training was a wonderful opportunity to reflect on how wonderful Alice Smith School is and how much our students benefit from the huge array of opportunities available to them. Following the training, I will be sharing information about the inspection regime with leaders, teachers and Governors so that we can continue with our preparations for the inspection later this year.
Principal Primary Campus