Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills.

Ofsted’s role is to make sure that organisations providing education, training and care services in England do so to a high standard for children and students.

Every week, they carry out hundreds of inspections and regulatory visits throughout England and publish the results online. They report directly to Parliament and we are independent and impartial.

Ofsted Inspection

The inspection provides independent, external evaluation and identifies what needs to improve in order for the provision to be good or better. It is based on gathering a range of evidence that is evaluated against an inspection framework and takes full account of our policies and relevant legislation in areas such as safeguarding, equality and diversity.
The inspection provides important information to parents, carers, learners and employers about the quality of education, training and care. These groups should be able to make informed choices based on the information published in inspection reports.

Ofsted Parent View Website

Parent View gives you the chance to tell Ofsted what you think about your child’s school, from the quality of teaching to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour. The survey can be completed at any time; you don’t have to wait until the school is being inspected.


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Ofsted Report 2021+

As you will be aware, we welcomed a team of Ofsted inspectors to Abbot’s Lea School at the start of November 2021.

We were very proud of our students and their achievements and so, are pleased with the outcome of the inspection related to our educational provision:

  • Safeguarding is Effective
  • Quality of Education is Good
  • Behaviour and Attitudes of our students are Good
  • Personal Development opportunities for the students are Good
  • Our Key Stage 5 provision is Good

Inspectors were unanimous in endorsing our ambitious vision, ethos and strategic direction for our school development and agreed that, despite the pandemic, we have made significant improvements to our school provision over the past few years.

The team were complimentary about our new curriculum planning and delivery, as well as our specialist support and advice for the students. This is testament to the dedication of our hardworking team and the continued professional development the school invests in each individual.

I want to congratulate all students and staff on the above achievement and thank the families for their ongoing support during one the most challenging times in educational history.

We agree with the inspectors’ judgment that the school now needs to address two areas which require improvement:

  1. We need to complete the review of our accredited learning on offer which we have already started earlier this year, with the view of diversifying the qualifications on offer to KS4 and KS5 students – we will update you on the new range of courses in January 2022.
  2. We need to continue to work together as a team, as identified in our School Development Plan, to ensure that all staff always feel able to support its implementation.

Due to the two points above, the overall judgment is that our school requires improvement. Whilst this overall judgment is disappointing to us all, the areas identified for development have already been our focus and we are confident that both can be resolved positively this year.

As always, my door is open and if you have any questions at all, you are warmly welcome to contact me directly on headteacher@abbotsleaschool.co.uk

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