Meadowcroft School received a Good judgement from Ofsted in their recent inspection.
Here is a summary of the key findings for parents and pupils:
- The headteacher has a very clear vision for the future of the school. Staff and other leaders share her vision and this has enabled the school to move forward at a fast pace since the last inspection.
- The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is continuing to improve because senior leaders carry out rigorous checks on work in the classroom and in pupils’ books.
- Staff work closely together to plan learning which matches pupils’ individual needs. This enables pupils to make good or better academic progress across the school.
- Older pupils make better progress in mathematics than in English. This is because they are not given sufficient opportunity to write longer pieces of work.
- The proprietors work closely with leaders to ensure that the independent school standards are met.
- Overall pupils behave well and they feel and are safe. Staff are highly skilled at recognising pupils’ complex behavioural needs and work hard to recognise and remove the barriers which reduce pupils’ ability to learn.
- The curriculum offered on both school sites is enriched with a wide range of opportunities for pupils to follow their interests and gain new skills. Eight pupils recently gained the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award and six gained a much prized Diamond Award.
- Post-16 students make equally good progress to others in the school, often making up for previously missed time. They leave with a range of accreditations and qualifications.
- Pupils’ attendance has continued to improve since the previous inspection. Some pupils arrive in school having been out of education for several years. School leaders are aware that there is more to be done to improve attendance further, particularly to engage hard-to-reach families.