School is outstanding

MEADOWGATE School in Wisbech provides an outstanding quality of education and care, according to Government inspectors.

Inspectors from OfSTED – the Office for Standards in Education – said the complex special needs school had successfully maintained and built upon the strengths identified in its previous inspection, when it was also rated as outstanding.

They praised the quality of teaching, the behaviour of pupils and the leadership of the headteacher and governing body.

“Teaching is outstanding. Assessment of pupils’ learning drives lesson planning and very successfully accelerates their progress. Tasks set in lessons are exceptionally well-matched to what pupils need to learn.

“All groups of pupils make outstanding progress in learning in lessons. A wide range of suitable teaching methods is used very effectively. Each pupil makes outstanding progress,” said the inspectors’ report.

“Monitoring of teaching and learning is rigorous and feedback to teachers successfully enables them to improve their teaching,” it added.

Pupils in turn were highlighted for their behaviour and attitudes to work. “Pupils make rapid gains in academic learning and in their personal development. Achievement is outstanding. Attendance is above average and pupils engage enthusiastically with interesting and relevant activities in lessons. Behaviour is outstanding.”

Headteacher Jackie McPherson, her senior leadership team and the school’s governing body were all praised for their outstanding leadership.

Inspectors identified just one area for the school to address – to improve the quality of teaching and so accelerate pupils’ progress further by ensuring consistent use of on-the-spot assessments in all lessons.