A specialist SEN school for secondary aged boys with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs

All LWS Ofsted reports can be accessed on the Ofsted website by clicking here.

July 2021:

Ofsted conducted a further monitoring visit on Tuesday 13th July. This visit was carried out on the school site to inspect our schools journey back to being  good. A copy of the report can be found here.

Key statements from the inspection report:

  • You and your team are sharply focused on school improvement and continue to work through and refine your well-considered improvement plans.

  • You are determined to provide pupils with a broad and balanced education that blends academic ambition with pastoral care.

  • Your school values of ‘ready to learn, respectful and responsible’ are a useful guide for staff and pupils, and I heard them used well during my visit.

  • Leaders responsible for the curriculum have made sure that literacy and numeracy are threaded through all subject areas.

  • Leaders’ work to communicate pupils’ needs has been successful. Teachers and teaching assistants are now confident that they understand the specific needs of each pupil and can adapt their lessons to meet these needs.

  • You have ensured that reading remains a priority for all. The weekly tutor group reading is successfully creating a culture where pupils are keen to listen to and discuss books. Pupils told me that they have surprised themselves in their enjoyment of this activity.

  • You have seen some improvement to attendance, especially for younger pupils. Leaders are using a wide range of strategies to reduce persistent absence, with some early encouraging signs.

  • You have not let the pandemic distract you from your focus, although you are aware that it has slowed some of your planned changes.

March 2021

Ofsted conducted a monitoring visit on Wednesday 17th March 2021. This online visit focused on the schools response to providing education during the CV-19 pandemic. A copy of this report can be found here.

Key statements from the inspection report;

  • School leaders and the trust have resolutely continued to provide education for all pupils from the start of the pandemic. They have stuck to their stated principle that ‘learning never stops’.

  • Staff have energetically supported families with remote education, often providing instant help ‘on the doorstep’.

  • Staff continued to monitor pupils’ learning during the national lockdowns, with regular assessments taking place as normal. Now that pupils are back in the classroom with their peers, teaching staff are sensibly checking their confidence and understanding before moving on to new topics.

  • Following the section 5 inspection in September 2019, leaders reviewed their curriculum, particularly what pupils were learning at key stage 3. Staff carefully planned the progression of their subjects from year to year. They now have a better idea of the knowledge and skills that pupils should be aiming for.

  • Improving reading is rightly the school’s number one priority. Staff have received helpful training in how to improve pupils’ literacy, including promoting reading and practising handwriting. Staff and pupils practise reading in all subjects, not just English.

  • A well-planned programme of extra help supports those pupils who are struggling. Pupils enjoy regular reading sessions with their teachers and teaching assistants.

  • Year 11 pupils have continued preparing for their end of key stage examinations and assessments with heartening determination.


September 2019

LWS Academy was inspected on the 24-25 September 2019. A copy of this inspection report can be found here.

Key statements from the Inspection report;

Pupils feel happy and safe at LWS. They like the school because staff care about them.

Pupils spoke proudly of how the school has helped them to feel confident enough to take their first steps towards independence.

Pupils study a range of academic and vocational subjects. They are expected to take GCSEs and other useful qualifications. More broadly, pupils are helped to understand the world they live in.

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