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Ofsted 2014

The Ofsted report has now been published.  I am delighted that the inspection team recognised the many strengths of Lavington School, and the improvements we have made.

The report identifies the commitment of everyone here to improve student outcomes, the good quality of teaching and the excellent behaviour of our students. We are not surprised that we have been judged as outstanding for the behaviour and safety of pupils and for leadership and management.

Governors, senior and middle leaders have worked tirelessly to make rapid progress since the last inspection.  I am pleased that the inspectors recognised the sensible way we have approached recruiting staff. There is well-earned recognition of the pastoral support and guidance we provide. The team were rightly impressed by our polite and courteous students, whose conduct and attitude in lessons and around school are exemplary.

The terminology in the behaviour section of the report is exceptionally praising.

The current outstanding level in maths and the improved good standard in English is recognised.  It is a pity that the many other areas where achievement is already outstanding identified by the team during the inspection could not be included in the final report.  We are confident that English will soon be as high achieving as maths, and that our plans for home learning and response to feedback will mean achievement will soon be outstanding overall.  This is, of course, lined to teaching which is already ‘good and much is outstanding’.  Our aim is to increase the amount of outstanding teaching

Lavington School has a string, governing body and effective and driven leaders.  Teachers ensure a very positive climate for learning exists; they work very effectively with teaching assistants and colleagues in school and beyond.  Students are well-supported, as a result of how well staff know them. Students’ behaviour is outstanding, being mutually supportive in a safe and caring community.  None of this happens by accident, and I thank all the staff, students, governors and parents for their hard work and determination to make Lavington such a great school.