LANSDOWNE Academy was just ” a whisker away” from a “Good” Ofsted report when the government inspectors came to see them in early June.
However, the report indicates that the school under the Gateway Learning Community umbrella is now knocking on the door of being in the upper reaches of the Ofsted categories.
Lansdowne Academy was inspected by Ofsted on 5 & 6 June 2014. The inspectors said, “Senior leaders and governors have a clear picture of the Academy’s strengths and are taking the steps needed to improve Teaching and Learning”
The inspectors praised progress as improving with rising outcomes in reading, writing and mathematics, with very low levels of entry at Nursery and reception. They also found strengths in leadership, governors and teaching at Year 6 and in Early Years. They found pupil’s behaviour good and that the school has a well developed spiritual, moral, social and cultural ethos.
The wider curriculum and Science were praised, as was the base for pupils with Social communication needs. They also said that pupils with statements of educational need did well.
Overall, Ofsted judged the school as requiring improvement. This was because not all pupils were progressing at the same rate and that lessons were not always well enough matched to the learners. They also found that less and more able children were not always challenged enough. They also identified areas for improvement in assessment and how middle leaders use data. The school accepts all the recommendations and is currently writing a plan to address the issues raised and to move to good in sixteen weeks.
The Executive Principal, Richard Epps, said “We are disappointed as the lead inspector indicated that we were very close to good. However, all the staff are motivated to learn from the Ofsted and address the issues raised.”
Monique Anderson, Principal, said “This is a supportive report in terms of demonstrating the progress that has been made since the last inspection. I am very pleased that the report has reflected how well our children behave and how enthusiastic they are about their learning. ”
The Chief Executive of the Gateway Learning Community, Kevin Sadler, added “The inspectors recognised that the school was on the ‘ʹcusp of good’ʹ. I am confident that the school will continue to make excellent progress and will be solidly good if not outstanding within the next academic year.”