From 2019 Abbey College Cambridge is inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).
Previously the college was inspeced by the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted).
The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) is approved by the Secreatary of State to inspect schools which are, or whose heads are, in membership of the associations which form the Independent School Council (ISC) and report to the extent to which they meet the Independent School Standards (‘the standard’) in the Schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014, including the National Minimum Standards for Boarding (‘boarding NMS’), where applicable.
Ofsted is the government-run body that inspects schools to make sure that standards are being maintained. After each school inspection, Ofsted assigns a status to the inspected institution based upon a 4- grade scale, ranging from the lowest (grade 4, inadequate) up to the very highest (grade 1, outstanding). Grades are assigned across 7 categories encompassing both educational and pastoral criteria.
In it’s most recent report in 2017, Ofsted classified Abbey College Cambridge as a ‘Good’ School.
The full reports may be read below together with some of the key observations made by the Ofsted team: