'Seems to be two schools of thought here. Those that value accreditation and those who see it as an academically pointless exercise.' Is the pun intended?? Yes there are indeed two types of schools. There are the schools that value it as an exercise in improvement and take it, and the visiting teams recommendations, seriously. Then there are the schools that just want to be able to say we are accredited by . . . . .? and give us your money! The problem identified by the op is how do you tell which is which? Many owners and SMT/SLT are good at hiding their true motives! Funnily enough I don't think it is ever completely pointless, in the schools in which I have been involved in accreditation staff have often used it as a stick to beat SMT with at various times, it always useful to have an indpendent assessment of the school - good or bad!