Inspections & Testimonials
Durlston Court - Preparatory School

Inspections & Testimonials

We are delighted to have received the highest possible rating of Excellent in all areas in our ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) Education Quality Inspection, May 2017.

Key Findings:

  • The quality of the pupils' academic and other achievements is excellent.
  • Pupils have excellent communication and literacy skills which successfully underpin their learning in all areas.
  • Pupils are both highly effective independent and collaborative learners.
  • Pupils achieve strongly in all aspects of school life.
  • Pupils display a consistently exemplary attitude to learning and they are prepared to take initiative.
  • The quality of the pupils' personal development is excellent.
  • Pupils demonstrate high levels of self-confidence, and have a strong and well-developed self-awareness for their age.
  • Pupils are confident decision makers prepared to take responsibility for their own actions.
  • Pupils show excellent standards of behaviour and consideration towards others at all times.
  • Pupils have excellent social skills and make valuable contributions to their school community.

Take a look at our full ISI Inspection Reports, May 2017

ISI, Educational Quality Inspection, Durlston Court Preparatory School, May 2017 (283KB)

ISI, Focused Compliance Inspection, Durlston Court Preparatory School, May 2017 (233KB)


"With a strong academic record and close family feel, it’s quite the badge of honour to get your kids in here."

What the Inspectors Say...

"Pupils develop high levels of self-understanding, growing into confident, resilient young people who are prepared to take risks, and have huge determination to succeed."


"Pupils have excellent communication skills and are exceptionally articulate"


"Pupils have outstanding attitudes to learning"


"Teachers set high expectations, design imaginative activities to promote learning… "


"Pupils demonstrate high levels of success… in an extremely wide variety of activities including in the creative and performing arts and sport"


"They achieve these successes because of the many and varied opportunities they are given"


"Pupils avidly seize the opportunities provided by teachers to transfer and successfully apply their techniques in well-planned practical situations… "


"The excellent outdoor facilities for learning…, allow many opportunities for quiet reflection and immersion in the natural world whilst learning. "


"Pupils are encouraged to show curiosity, to experiment and conduct research with open minds and creativity. "


"Pupils in Pre-Prep are able to understand complex concepts for their age. "


"Pupils are confident decision makers and respond positively to tasks where independent thinking is required. "


"[Pupils] maintain extremely high levels of focus, enthusiasm and determination to succeed, participating well in self-initiated tasks."

What Our Parents Say...

Parental Survey 2019

"Warmth, care, individual knowledge of each child, nurturing learning environment with the ability to adapt each subject to each child's learning stage."

"The small class sizes, specialist subject teachers and level of individual attention received has enabled my child to feel supported and their confidence is growing daily."

"Tremendous variety of opportunities for a rich experience, constantly being upgraded and improved upon. Super staff."

"Lovely and friendly. Great caring environment for little people."

"Outstanding nurturing Kindergarten where children develop the confidence to be the best they can. Wonderful transition from Kindergarten to Reception. Excellent, supportive teaching staff. I have see my daughter flourish. Fantastic opportunities (of which there are many!) Wonderful environment for children to develop. Personal and friendly - part of a "family" - you feel the staff really know your child."

"Every child is made to feel loved and important while emphasising strong moral and educational values. All the teachers are committed and seem to love being [there] which is a great achievement for the management team."

"Forward-thinking in terms of subject provision and pedagogy."

"The school excels at treating every child as an individual, nurturing his or her particular strengths. Staff have a genuine passion for encouraging the children to be the best they can be and you can really feel how thrilled they are when a child succeeds."

"The enormous extra curricular offerings allow the children to access so many experiences and everyone can find something which they can do well and have a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment."

"Our children love the school, they feel valued and important which is shown by the enthusiasm with which they talk about school and their learning. Their individual personalities are allowed to shine through and their ideas listened too, whilst alongside this they are taught a challenging and imaginative curriculum."

What the Children Say...

"There are lots of places to go. I really like the Art Room, the Reef and the Astro."


"I love it here because I get to do Sport everyday!"


"Every one of the teachers know me and they are all lovely!"


"I joined in Year 7. I quickly made new friends and learned so many new things. This has given me the confidence to try new things."


"Durlston makes me smile every day!"


"Durlston has taught me that you should never give up. You can achieve whatever you want if you work hard and persevere."

Durlston Court - Preparatory School