Exeter Academy - Centre of Excellence
In our latest British Council inspection during November 2011 we received a very pleasing report and we hope this will show we are an attractive location to study English !
Points of excellence were noted in:
premises, academic resources, teachers' qualifications, course design, teaching, and aspects of welfare.
As a result of this, we are considered a 'Centre of Excellence' by the English Language Gazette based on points of excellence in Accreditation UK inspections. You can find the reports using this link. Our last inspection was in November 2011.
We were also inspected by ISI in November 2012, see below for the results
The quality of the curriculum, teaching and learners’ achievement - Grade 1 (highest) - Exceeds Expectations
Students’ welfare, including health and safety - Grade 1 (highest) - Exceeds Expectations
The effectiveness of governance, leadership and management - Grade 1 (highest) - Exceeds Expectations
The ISI commented in detail as follows :
2.1 The quality of the curriculum, teaching and students’ achievement exceeds expectations. Students receive an excellent education in keeping with the school’s aims. Through rigorous placement testing in reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, students are accurately placed for their level in each skill and settle quickly into school life. There is flexibility to move between levels and skills if required. The quality of the teaching is outstanding and ensures students make excellent progress. Teachers are highly qualified, very experienced and have excellent subject knowledge. Lesson planning is detailed and thorough with due attention to students’ needs. Assessment procedures rigorously monitor student progress. The weekly staff meeting to discuss student progress is highly effective in ensuring all staff share information with regard to monitoring of student progress and well-being. Progress and achievement are excellent. A varied cultural and social programme enhances students’ overall experience. In discussion, students reported overwhelming appreciation of all staff’s support for them. Many students extend their stay or return for a second or third visit to the school, testimony to the wholehearted commitment of staff and overall positive experience of the students.
2.2 Arrangements for the health, safety and welfare of students exceed expectations. The school provides a safe and secure environment for students and staff. A comprehensive range of policies and procedures are in place and are meticulously implemented. All health and safety matters are meticulously monitored. Clear procedures to reduce the risk of fire and other hazards are in place and are impeccably managed. All risk assessments for buildings, social outings and trips are thorough and up-to-date. Student admission procedures are thorough and registration and attendance records are very well managed and effectively monitor attendance. Procedures for reporting to the UK Border Agency (UKBA) are secure. Pastoral support for students is outstanding. Clear and effectively implemented disciplinary, equality and discrimination policies are in place. Relationships between students and staff and amongst the students themselves are excellent. The school is warm and welcoming and very well maintained. Classrooms are spacious, clean and tidy and are suitably furnished for adults. The bright and airy student room provides a warm and comfortable space for students to relax and socialise. In discussion students reported that they would recommend the school to others without hesitation.
2.3 The governance, leadership and management of the school exceed expectations. Effective oversight by the proprietor accords with the aims of the school and ensures that responsibilities for educational standards, financial planning and investment in staff, accommodation and resources are fully discharged. This ensures that the welfare, health and safety of staff and students are maintained. Highly effective operational and educational direction by the principal ensures excellent outcomes for students. The principal reports regularly to the proprietor. The self-evaluation process instigated by the principal has highlighted specific areas for educational development. All staff have clearly defined roles and responsibilities. The principal meets regularly with administrative and teaching staff which ensures the smooth running of the school. The performance development scheme provides excellent training opportunities which ensures the quality of provision and underpins students’ excellent progress. However this is not yet fully developed for all staff. A well-operated recruitment process ensures staff appointed are highly qualified and committed and that all statutory checks are carried out to meet requirements.
The full inspection report is available by clicking here
Below is our publishable statement from the British Council:
The British Council inspected and accredited Exeter Academy in November 2011. The Accreditation Scheme assesses the standards of management, resources and premises, teaching and welfare and accredits organisations which meet the overall standards in each area inspected (see www.britishcouncil.org/accreditation for details).
This private language school offers courses in general English for adults, and for closed groups of adults
The inspection report stated that the organisation met the standards of the Scheme.'
We feel this is important because it shows that in very important areas we have an excellent product.