Jack Tizard school rated outstanding by Ofsted once again

Jack Tizard school in White City has been rated outstanding by Ofsted.

The school in South Africa Road, supports young people aged three to 19 with severe learning difficulties.

It has been praised yet again for the quality of education and the support it continues to provides to families.

“This report confirms what we, parents and staff already know but it’s great to see the school’s fantastic work officially recognised as outstanding once again,” said Cllr Larry Culhane, Cabinet Member for Children and Education.

“We’re lucky to have such a wonderful team of talented and dedicated staff in our borough.”

The school hasn’t rested on its laurels since being assessed as outstanding in its last inspection in December 2014.

Inspectors praised improvements including challenging the most able students more effectively by providing them with regular opportunities to apply skills to real-life situations. As well as working with parents and carers to reduce pupil absence, which has led to a 10 per cent increase in attendance this year.

They were impressed by parents’ comments, one parent said ‘staff know my child better than anyone else, including me’, while another said ‘they really get my son’.

The report laid out the praise point-by-point which included:

  • A strong focus on meeting pupils’ individual needs.
  • Exciting and motivating lessons where teachers have ‘remarkable enthusiasm’.
  • Highly effective work with speech and language therapists helping children express themselves well and develop their independence.
  • Detailed information analysis enables school leaders to target resources where they are most needed.
  • Leaders are very confident in their roles and benefit from a stable and skilled governing body.

“I am so proud of the whole school community,” said headteacher Francesca Smith.

“The hard work of the pupils, staff, therapists, health team, parents and governors was rightly affirmed. Everyone goes the extra mile for our pupils at Jack Tizard and the inspectors clearly recognised this.”

Chair of governors Michele Rooney, said: “We are delighted with the outcome of our latest Ofsted inspection. It’s wonderful to have continued affirmation of exceptional practice in the education of our children, who have such complex disabilities.”

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