Full inspections were carried out by OFSTED in 1995, 1999, 2005, 2008 and 2013. There were subject inspections in art and modern foreign languages in May 2008 and a cross curricular inspection of students’ economic and business understanding financial awareness in February 2011.
Sir Jonathan North was inspected in October 2013 by Ofsted whose judgement was that the college is ‘outstanding’. The report comments that:
"This outstanding school enables almost all of its students to make rapid progress in their learning."
"The quality of teaching is outstanding across all subjects; staff have exceptionally high expectations and aspirations for what students can achieve."
"The behaviour of students and their attitudes to learning are exemplary. Students are exceptionally polite and courteous, and feel safe in school."
"The curriculum is very well suited to the needs and aspirations of students, who also benefit from a rich programme of very well attended out of school activities, including sports, arts, cultural and subject-related clubs, visits and special events."
"Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding."
"The headteacher is relentless in her drive for high standards…. she has high expectations and is exacting and uncompromising in her pursuit to build on the school’s success."