The school was last inspected 25th/26th April 2012 and we were pleased that all aspects were judged as “good”
- Malet Lambert School Language College is a good and improving school. Effective leadership has brought about improvements overall in achievement and teaching since the previous inspection. It is not yet outstanding because some variability in the quality of teaching remains and this limits achievement in a small number of subjects.
- Students make good progress from average starting points on entry to the school. Attainment is above average at the end of Key Stage 4. All groups of students, including disabled students and those with special educational needs, make good progress.
- Teaching has improved as a result of a series of well-designed strategies to develop consistency and support weaker performance. Parents, carers and students express positive views about teaching and progress. The very best teaching is innovative, informed by good subject knowledge and challenging for all groups of students. Characteristics of weaker teaching include: too little feedback in marking on next steps for students; lessons that do not always meet the needs of different groups of students, including the more able; a limited range of questioning to monitor progress in lessons; and too few opportunities for independent learning.
- Staff have created a positive ethos for learning. As a result, students form good relationships, behave well and have good attitudes to learning. Students feel safe. A small minority of parents and carers expressed the view that lessons were sometimes affected by poor behaviour but this was not confirmed by other evidence collected during the inspection. Students behaved very sensibly despite disruption created by the on-going building work.
- The headteacher provides well-focused and thoughtful leadership. She receives strong support from all staff. There is good team work and a clear sense of common purpose
What does the school need to do to improve further?
- Increase the proportion of good and outstanding teaching by improving:
- the quality of feedback to students through teachers’ questioning, marking and short-term curricular targets
- action taken by teachers to meet the needs of different groups of students in lessons, including high-attaining students
- opportunities for students to develop their independent learning skills in lessons.
The report says “Parents and carers believe that students make good progress and the inspection confirms that view… Students’ attitudes are positive and they are keen to do well…. Relationships are typically strong leading to an atmosphere of mutual respect… behaviour is good in lessons and around school…. Staff, senior leaders and managers have worked hard to raise student aspirations and to establish a culture where excellence is the ultimate goal.”
The good report is a reflection of the dedication of all staff, the commitment and hard work of our students and the excellent support we receive from parents and the governing body. This report gives us a firm foundation on our journey towards outstanding
View the Ofsted page about Malet Lambert, and all previous reports here.
The full report is available here as a PDF.
You can submit your thoughts on our school, or find out what other parents think via the Ofsted Parent View website here.