Inspection Reports & Affiliations

The Independent Schools Inspectorate framework alternates between a detailed report on the quality of education and a shorter compliance inspection. Our most recent reports can be downloaded below:

ISI Progress Monitoring Inspection Report (April 2023)

Please click on the link below to download the St Chris Progress Monitoring Inspection Report (April 2023).

ISI Focused Compliance and Educational Quality Report (October 2022)

In our most recent report St Chris was judged excellent with regard to the personal development of our pupils and good with regard to their achievements – both academic and more widely.

Key strengths highlighted by the inspectors included:

  • the confidence and maturity of our pupils;
  • their high achievement in sport and in art, drama, and music;
  • their social awareness and development in lessons, co-curricular activities, and boarding life;
  • their understanding of the importance of good physical and mental health.

We are also pleased that the report highlights that our pupils:

  • have good levels of achievement across the age ranges and in relation to their starting points, and that examination results are above national levels;
  • have excellent self-discipline, self-esteem and decision-making skills;
  • collaborate with each other extremely well.

The full report can be downloaded below:

ISI Regulatory Compliance Inspection Report 2019

Please click on the link below to download the St Chris Regulatory Compliance Inspection Report (February 2019).

ISI Integrated Inspection Report 2016

“The excellent personal development of the pupils is in response to the school’s aim to develop pupils’ commitment and self-government. It is supported by excellent pastoral care and rigorous attention to pupils’ welfare, health and safety.”

“Pupils throughout the school are happy and thoroughly enjoy coming to and, in the case of boarders, living at school. All have extremely well-developed and mature attitudes for their age. They behave with assuredness and self-confidence.”

Please click the link below to download the full report:

Good Schools Guide 2020

“How rare to find a school to suit both the artistic child and the mathematician, the reader and the doer, and to value them all equally.”

Please click here to read the Good Schools Guide review of St Chris.

Muddy Stilettos 2018

“While historically St Chris has had the reputation for being bohemian and liberal, it’s amazingly disciplined and has a great record for sporting achievements, academic and personal success.”

“At St Chris you don’t feel a marked divide between students and teachers. It’s more that everyone is here to learn and that there’s work to do together.”

“The atmosphere feels very relaxed and open, but don’t think for a moment that this is a school with no discipline – this couldn’t be further from the truth. The children are encouraged to make choices about what they want to do and they respect the freedom they are given and seem very independent and able to make decisions. Students were quick to open doors for me and for other children. One of the (many) things that struck me during my visit was that the older children talk to the younger children and vice versa and everyone seems to know everyone else.”

Please click here to read the Muddy Stilettos review


St Christopher School is a member of the following associations 

Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools

The Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools (AGBIS) supports and advises governing bodies of schools in the independent sector on all aspects of governance, under the umbrella of the Independent Schools Council. The objectives of the association are the advancement of education and the promotion of good governance in independent schools.

Boarding Schools’ Association

St Chris is a full member of the Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA), which works to represent member boarding schools, trains staff and promotes boarding education in both independent and state boarding schools.

British Boarding Schools Network

BBSN provides services and a network for UK boarding schools to successfully meet and develop partnerships with a global network of trusted educational agents.

Independent Schools’ Bursars Association

The Independent Schools’ Bursars Association (ISBA) supports and advises the bursars and senior management staff of more than 1000 independent schools across the UK and overseas. Their services are designed to assist school staff in the successful administrative, financial and operational management of their schools.

Independent Schools Council

The Independent Schools Council brings together seven associations of independent schools, their heads, bursars and governors and represents over 1,200 independent schools in the UK and overseas. These schools are ranked among the best in the world and educate more than half a million children each year.

The Society of Heads

St Chris is a member of The Society of Heads – an association of heads of well-established Independent schools and one of the constituent organisations of the Independent Schools Council.


ISM Gold Award

St Chris was awarded the Incorporated Society of Musicians’ Gold Award in 2016 and again in 2017 as more than 20% of all of the School’s GCSE students achieved an A* to C in GCSE music, putting St Chris in the top 70 schools in England.

International School Award

The British Council International School Award supports us to embed international learning into the curriculum. Working towards the award gives pupils and teachers a new perspective on the world, and the skills to work in a global economy.

Arkwright School

St Chris has been recognised as an Affiliated Arkwright School and is committed to the Arkwright mission of identifying, inspiring and nurturing future leaders in engineering and technical design.