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Lapal 'Outstanding' OFSTED Report

We are delighted to inform you that the final report from our Ofsted inspection held on the 8th and 9th February accompanies this covering letter. The report will be published on the Ofsted website, seven working days from today’s date, however, we are allowed to inform parents and carers of the outcome in advance.

It gives us great pleasure to share that the inspection team judged our school to be ‘Outstanding’ in all areas: Leadership and Management; the Quality of Education (curriculum and teaching and learning outcomes); Behaviour and Attitudes; Personal Development: Early Years, and Overall Effectiveness.

As you may be aware, it is much harder for schools to achieve the top judgement than it used to be, and very few schools are being judged as ‘outstanding’ under the new framework, and so we are unsurprisingly very pleased, particularly given the difficulties of the last few years.

Ofsted reports are now deliberately short and quick to read, but some highlights from the report are listed below:

  • Pupils are happy, safe and secure at school.

  • Leaders and staff have high expectations and provide an ambitious and extremely effective curriculum.

  • Academic standards are consistently high, but the impact of the school’s work goes much further than this.

  • Leaders are highly effective.

  • The curriculum and its impact on pupils’ learning are exceptionally strong, in almost every subject. Consequently, pupils make excellent progress and achieve highly year after year.

  • Pupils’ attitudes towards education are consistently positive.

  • Staff’s attention to well-being and pastoral matters is second to none.

We are thrilled with the overall judgement of outstanding and especially pleased with so many incredibly positive comments, the inspectors used the word ‘exceptional’ on many occasions.

The positive outcome is a testament to the care, commitment and collaboration of our staff and governors, the support from you as parents/carers, and obviously the hard work and dedication of our wonderful children. We are extremely proud and very grateful to you all.

As a school, and with the support of the Trust, we will endeavour to continue to provide the very best education possible and maintain our commitment to continuous improvement. Please enjoy reading the report below.

Lapal OFSTED 2023
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