The school was last inspected between 4th and 5th October 2023 and we were pleased that all aspects were judged as “good”.
- This school has great ambition for all pupils. Pupils study a well-designed curriculum, which is designed to give them the best possible life chances in the future. Most pupils make good progress and achieve well. The school is using various strategies to improve consistency of progress for all pupils.
- Teachers are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about delivering the curriculum. The needs of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are identified and acted on by all staff.
- Reading is a priority at the school. Opportunities to develop reading skills have been newly introduced throughout the curriculum. These include learning of subject specific vocabulary, specific comprehensive tasks and the use of graphical organisers to help pupils to understand key vocabulary. Several new approaches are used to promote a love of reading among pupils.
- Pupils who struggle to read are very well supported. The school provides swift diagnosis and a wide range of intervention strategies. As a result, pupils make good progress and improve rapidly.
- The school provides a wide-ranging extra-curricular programme of enrichment activities. Pupils are very enthusiastic about this and enjoy participating in lots of different activities such as crochet, board games, fantasy league and reading clubs.
What does the school need to do to improve further?
In some lessons, questioning does not address misconceptions effectively or probe pupils’ understanding in sufficient depth. As a result, some pupils become passive in lessons and do not make the progress that might be expected of them. The school should support teachers to use questioning to develop pupils’ understanding and address misconceptions effectively.
The school’s recent work to create a culture of respect and tolerance is not fully embedded. Some pupils do not self-regulate their behaviour, and derogatory language is used by a minority of pupils. The school should ensure that pupils develop their character in such a way as to establish a strong culture of respect at the school.
Some pupils do not attend school regularly enough. This means that they do not make enough progress through the curriculum. The school should ensure that all pupils, particularly those who are disadvantaged, attend school regularly.
View the Ofsted page about Malet Lambert, and all previous reports here.
The full report is available here as a PDF.
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