British School in Baku

British School in Baku

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ISI Inspection Report

In November 2013 the school went through an ISI inspection to become Executive Members of COBIS. We are delighted to be informed that “The British School in Baku meets all the requirements of the Standards for British Schools Overseas.”
 
The main findings of the inspection included:-
 
  • The British School in Baku is a distinctive school with a positive ethos where the needs and aspirations of pupils are the main focus. The quality of pupils’ achievements is good. Their basic skills of literacy and numeracy develop well, and their keen and inquisitive attitudes to learning play an important part in their good achievement. The well-chosen curriculum is suited to the needs of pupils of different ages and abilities, including those in the Reception class and the sixth form. It helps them to achieve across a good range of areas of experience, although extra-curricular provision in the secondary department is less effective than in primary. Good, and sometimes excellent, teaching challenges pupils to exceed their own expectations and plays a key part in enabling them to achieve success.
 
·        The pupils’ personal development is good. The school rightly insists on tolerance and mutual respect and as a result pupils develop mature attitudes and behaviour. Topics which touch on moral and ethical questions successfully promote pupils’ personal development. Arrangements for pastoral care and welfare, health and safety enable pupils to feel safe and secure in school. Suitable policies and procedures for safeguarding and pastoral care enable the promotion of good personal development. The majority of pupil feedback though the questionnaire was positive about their experiences at the school although a few pupils felt they were capable of taking on more responsibility in the school.
 
·        Governance is good and provides effective support, particularly in the complex local and national business and regulatory environment. Governance challenges the school in further developing its good provision and outcomes through strategic planning, although there is scope for this to be more readily communicated to staff to ensure their continued commitment to the school. Leadership and management have faced significant challenges over recent years and months but have been successful in establishing a stable learning environment which contributes well to pupils’ achievement and personal development. The school has a committed and hardworking staff dedicated to supporting their pupils. The school has worked hard to establish links with parents in an environment where local parents in particular are unfamiliar with the expectations of British schools for parental involvement.
 Please see the attached ISI Instection Report