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Lansdowne School

Ofsted Update from Mrs Adams

Lansdowne School was visited by an Ofsted Inspection Team from 5 – 6 June, 2013. We are incredibly proud that the work of all within our school community is officially recognised as being good.

The Ofsted Inspector stated:

“Teaching is good and there is some outstanding teaching.”

This marks a significant improvement from the previous Ofsted Inspection of February 2012. It enables Lansdowne School to continue with the current teaching practices as we strive towards our aim of being an outstanding school.

We would like to thank all within the Lansdowne community – students, parents and all staff – who were able to assist the Ofsted Inspector during the detailed two-day inspection. It is wonderful news as we approach the end of the current academic year, and a timely boost for to the work we need to continue with in September.

We are happy to share an overview of the report findings below. You can download a full copy of the Ofsted Inspection over here [PDF file.]

“There has been rapid and significant improvement since the school was judged to require special measures. The appointment of many new teachers, together with a comprehensive coaching programme for staff, has successfully raised the quality of teaching.”

“Teaching is now good overall. Teachers’ assessments of students’ progress are accurate and checked regularly. This allows teachers to plan and deliver lessons that are well matched to students’ abilities.”

“Staff use the school’s chosen sign and symbol systems well, both when teaching and when making resources for lessons. This helps students more easily understand what they are being taught.”

“Students’ make good progress. For example, their reading skills develop quickly because daily reading lessons are well structured and give them regular practice. This also helps students to be more confident learners in other lessons. Students’ literacy skills develop well because they have regular opportunities to read, write, speak and listen in most subjects.”

“Students feel safe at school and enjoy their lessons. Their behaviour in class is good because they understand the school’s five main rules, which teachers reinforce during most lessons. Students’ attendance has improved significantly.”

“The executive headteacher and the assistant headteachers know the school well. They use this information to make good decisions about how to improve the school. The interim executive board and advisors from the local authority provide good support and help to ensure that the judgements and actions of the school’s leaders are accurate and appropriate.”

After School Clubs

We are thrilled to be able to offer a number of different after school clubs for all pupils at Lansdowne School. We have given considerable thought as to the skills that our staff are able to kindly offer, as well as the balance between the after school clubs and the school curriculum.

Drama, chess, art and craft, cookery, football and Maths GCSE revision are all offered. The clubs will take place after school on Thursdays between 3:30pm – 4:15pm. All pupils are invited to attend whichever club they please, although places are limited.

We would ask any parent or carer of Lansdowne pupils to please give permission first for your children to make the most of this fantastic opportunity. A permission slip should hopefully have found its way home. We also need confirmation about collection arrangements, once the clubs have finished.

Many thanks to the staff who are able to offer their time for the Lansdowne after school clubs. This is a feature that we are hopeful of expanding.

Regular weekly school events:

Breakfast Club is from 8:45am each morning.

Mondays, Class 7DL, swimming at Brixton Rec.

Tuesdays, Class 9JP, 10ML, 11RG – Ilderton Motor Project.

Wednesdays, Class 11RG, Southwark College.

Fridays, Year 9, 10 and 11, Southwark Muslim Women’s Association.

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