Pupils in a lesson at Elms Bank
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Ofsted 2023

The quality of Education: Outstanding
Behaviour and attitudes: Outstanding
Personal development: Outstanding
Leadership and management: Outstanding
Sixth form provision: Outstanding

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school
  • Pupils enjoy an abundance of rich and exciting opportunities at this school. The
    school includes and values every pupil. There is a ‘can-do’ culture where staff ensure
    that pupils, no matter what their special educational needs and/or disabilities
    (SEND) are, take a full and active part in school life.
  • The school and the trust have ensured that pupils’ and staff’s well-being lie at the
    heart of all that they do.
  • The curriculum is ambitious, and extremely well designed to meet pupils’ wide range
    of needs. Teachers and staff adapt the curriculum to ensure that all pupils engage in
    learning and achieve highly.
  • Reading is a priority in this school. All pupils enjoy daily reading. Pupils are
    immersed in a language-rich environment. Staff use their phonic knowledge well to
    support pupils at the early stage of reading. 
  • The school is a calm and happy place. There is a strong focus on rewards and
  • The school goes above and beyond to promote and encourage the personal
    development of pupils.
  • The school has a robust and highly effective careers programme that links
    seamlessly with the work to prepare pupils for adulthood. In the sixth form, there is
    a strong focus on students developing independence and life skills.
  • The school has developed strong partnerships with parents and carers to ensure
    that pupils attend school regularly and achieve the best possible outcomes.
  • The Headteacher, Senior Leadership Team and Trustees have ensured that there is challenge and accountability at all levels of management. A board of governors holds leaders to account effectively. 
  • The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

For the full report please use the link to the left of this page. You can also find our previous Ofsted report here.

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