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ConfidenceOfsted inspection visit - May 2018

Ofsted inspectors visited our school on Tuesday 1 May.  As is the process with short inspections, the outcome of the inspection is reported to us in a letter from the Lead Inspector.  We were delighted that the inspection confirmed that the school continues to provide a good education for its students.  

Below you will see some extracts from the letter and a link to the full letter for your information.  

I am proud to be the Headteacher of Lawnswood School and, along with all my colleagues in school, feel privileged to work with our students on a daily basis.   

Feedback from the inspection acknowledged that the school has made significant progress in the last few years and that this is now evidenced in the students’ academic outcomes throughout the school.  The inspectors were particularly impressed with sixth form progress; students are making nearly half a grade more progress than students nationally.  They recognised that this means we are the best performing sixth form in Leeds (in terms of progress and attainment) and that this puts us in the top performing 20% of sixth forms nationally.

Above all, I am pleased for the students; they can continue to hold their heads high and to be proud of their school and their achievements. 

Please do take a moment to read the report; it describes the school well and celebrates our many strengths.

Ofsted inspection: May 2018 – extracts of the inspection findings

“The school is an inclusive, diverse community.  You welcome pupils from a wide range of backgrounds and pride yourself on the pastoral support you give to each and every one of them.”

“Strong and determined leadership has ensured that the school has built on the successes outlined in the previous inspection report.”

“There is a clear ethos about the school that sets the safety of pupils as a high priority.”

“You expect high standards as regards behaviour.”

“Rigorous quality assurance has been central to the improved examination results in 2017 and the strong progress made by current pupils.”

“The much improved 2017 results give proof of the impact of your work.  Pupils, overall, made progress just above what was expected nationally.  Progress for disadvantaged pupils was also just above the national figure.”

“In 2017, A level students made significantly better progress than the national figure.  Indeed, their performance was ranked in the top 20% of schools nationally.”

“You show no complacency and are determined to build on the much improved GCSE results.”

“You are determined that teachers provide suitably challenging work right from Year 7.”

Current pupils, across key stages 3 and 4, are now making strong progress across many subjects.”

“As a result of strong guidance and improved attainment, every pupil who left the school at the end of Year 11 in 2017 moved on to appropriate further education, employment or training.”

“Governance is now a strength of the school.”