Lansdowne Ranked as a ‘Good’ School by Ofsted


We are very pleased to be able to report that Lansdowne School has been officially ranked by Ofsted as a ‘good’ school. This is a credit to all staff, and of course the Lansdowne students as we continue to grow as a community of learners.

We welcomed the government Ofsted inspectors into our brand new school building at the start of November. Sixteen lessons in total were observed. Our visitors also attended after-school clubs, as well as observing the pupils during break and lunch times.

Many documents were examined covering the provision and policies that the school has put in place. The Ofsted inspectors also paid attention to a recent parent questionnaire which had a response rate of two thirds of all parents.

All six Ofsted categories led to an Ofsted rating of good:

Overall effectiveness: Good

Effectiveness of leadership and management: Good

Quality of teaching, learning and assessment: Good

Personal development, behaviour and welfare: Good

Outcomes for pupils: Good

16 to 19 study programmes: Good

We are happy to share some of the Ofsted observations below. You can download a full copy of the November 2016 Ofsted report over here [pdf].

We look forward to making continued improvements at Lansdowne School.

The experienced executive headteacher is dedicated to improving outcomes for pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. She is resilient and resourceful.

All groups of pupils make good progress from low starting points in a range of subjects. They are challenged to achieve nationally recognised qualifications, including GCSEs.

Pupils make particularly strong progress in reading because there is a whole-school consistent focus on this subject.

Teachers plan lessons which are adapted to cater for the needs of different groups of pupils. Teachers use consistent communication strategies, visual supports and behaviour management methods, all of which support pupils to achieve well.

Pupils behave extremely well in lessons and around school. They treat adults and each other with respect.

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