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Meadow Park School maintains ‘Good’ Ofsted judgement

by Laura Johnston

Meadow Park School in Stockbridge Village has maintained its “Good” Ofsted judgement following an inspection in March.

The school was judged to be “Good” in all areas – overall effectiveness, the quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management.

Meadow Park is a pupil referral unit, providing high quality education for pupils who have or are experiencing difficulties in a mainstream setting.

Inspectors noted that:-

  • Staff at the school quickly form close relationships with pupils. This helps pupils to feel safe and relaxed.
  • Pupils benefit from clear and precise expectations around behaviour.
  • Pupils enjoy a breadth of activities to develop their skills and interests. For example, key stage 4 pupils take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. There are table tennis and cookery clubs for pupils to enjoy.
  • The school has high expectations of what pupils can achieve socially and academically. Most pupils rise to these expectations and achieve well.
  • An ambitious curriculum has been carefully designed to meet pupils’ needs for those who attend on a short-term or long-term basis. The school has selected the essential knowledge that pupils need to learn and the order in which it needs to be taught.
  • Staff design learning activities that help pupils to consolidate their knowledge.
  • When pupils arrive at the school, teachers use assessment strategies effectively to identify any gaps in learning.
  • Pupils talked clearly about their recent learning. From their starting points, they achieve well.
  • The school ensures that pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are identified quickly and receive the right support. Teachers make adaptations to the delivery of the curriculum which support these pupils to learn successfully.
  • The school successfully identifies some of the barriers that pupils have to attending school regularly. For instance, it has set up Meadow Park Alternative, an online provision for pupils who do not attend because of social, emotional and mental health needs. For some pupils, this has been the stopgap that they have needed to re-engage and they now attend school in person.
  • Pupils benefit from the opportunity to learn about the world of work. Older pupils undertake weekly work experience.
  • The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Jonathan Jones, Executive Director for Children’s Services, said:

“I’m delighted that Meadow Park School has maintained it’s ‘Good’ Ofsted judgement and that Inspectors noted the positive work being delivered at the school which is helping pupils to achieve.”