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School's pat on the back from Ofsted

PUBLISHED: 11:36 02 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:17 05 July 2010

OLD Warren House, in Lowestoft, has received outstanding grades across the board during its latest Ofsted inspection.

The glowing report labelled the curriculum, teaching, leadership and behaviour of students at the pupil referral unit in Warren Road as excellent, with special emphasis laid on the team work of the staff and the range of opportunities available to students.

OLD Warren House, in Lowestoft, has received outstanding grades across the board during its latest Ofsted inspection.

The glowing report labelled the curriculum, teaching, leadership and behaviour of students at the pupil referral unit in Warren Road as excellent, with special emphasis laid on the team work of the staff and the range of opportunities available to students.

The report said: “Students thrive as a result of the outstanding leadership and management of the school. This has led to a high quality curriculum, excellent pastoral welfare and excellent teaching.

“Students' personal development is outstanding. They enjoy school and their self-esteem grows in proportion to their successes in their social and academic endeavours.

“Students' behaviour is excellent and their good attitudes to work is reflected in their much improved attendance.

“Students themselves think that the school is brilliant and gives them the opportunities they have never had before.”

Inspectors praised the success of the school in gaining a host of nationally accredited examinations including GCSE entry level, assessment and qualifications alliance certificates, work experience and taster and twilight courses at college.

Teachers were seen to establish exceptional relationships with students and to make sure each had individual support and a personalised timetable based on a wide range of curriculum activities designed to promote their literacy, numeracy, vocational learning, awareness of college courses and increase their prospects for employment.

“Staff take note of what students perceptions are about lessons and their learning,” said inspectors.

“This enables them to give reassurance and to ensure that each student knows what their next steps in learning will be. This exceptional teaching significantly raises students' achievements and they make outstanding progress from the level recorded when they first joined the school.”

The programme of enrichment activities at the school was also noted such as trips to West End shows, most recently to see the Lion King, historical and cultural trips with the latest to Boulogne in France and outdoor adventure activities.

Headteacher Elizabeth Rodgers said they were delighted with the report, which was a credit to staff and stakeholders.

“It confirms that what we are doing and we are thinking is right and acceptable.

“It just proves that all youngsters are capable of achieving with an appropriate curriculum, atmosphere and ethos,” she said.

Teachers are currently exploring plans to extend student self-evaluation to include peer mentoring with sixth formers from a local high school.

Inspectors asked the school to complete plans to extend the provision to full GCSE courses and to introduce new diplomas, and carry forward plans for extended student self-evaluation opportunities, through peer mentoring.

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