Head provides strong leadership for special school

A NORTH DEVON special school is providing good care, guidance and support for its students and improving academic achievement, according to education inspectors. And they say Lampard Community School in Barnstaple is set to do even better in the future. T

A NORTH DEVON special school is providing good care, guidance and support for its students and improving academic achievement, according to education inspectors.

And they say Lampard Community School in Barnstaple is set to do even better in the future.

The school caters for students with autistic spectrum disorders and speech, language and communication difficulties.

"Lampard is a very welcoming community where all feel safe, valued and respected. It meets students' personal needs well," say the inspectors from the school standards agency Ofsted.


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"A very large number of students told inspectors they enjoyed school and their learning. Their results represent satisfactory overall progress."

Two inspectors spent two days at Lampard last month and their report has just been published.

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Lead inspector Steffi Penny praises Lampard's links with local mainstream schools.

These allow students to take a good range of courses which develop their academic, vocational and personal skills.

Older students also have excellent opportunities for good quality, work-based learning, she says.

"Students make an outstanding contribution to their own and local communities," says Ms Penny.

"Overall students develop satisfactory skills for the workplace or the next stage in their lives. The teaching of personal, social and health education is a strength throughout the school."

The inspectors praise head teacher Karen Rogers for the changes she has made since her appointment in 2007 amid a big changeover in staff.

"The head teacher and senior staff provide strong leadership," says Ms Penny.

"They have identified appropriate areas for improvement and are working hard to drive these forward rapidly. (They) have secured the strong support of all concerned in a period of significant change.

"These factors give the school good capacity for further sustained improvement."

To do this the school should ensure teachers evaluate each lesson in terms of its impact on each student's learning and make sure pupils are well aware of what they need to do to improve their work.

Mrs Rogers said: "I am delighted with the report.

"This was a thorough and very helpful inspection and the team highlighted and celebrated the schools' many strengths and agreed with the priorities we have identified for further development.

"Lampard has an excellent team of staff and governors and I am very pleased that their hard work and commitment have been acknowledged.

"We have lots of exciting plans for the school and the students in the coming years and we look forward to continuing to work with schools and partners across Devon to provide high quality education for all children.

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