‘Insufficient’ East London faculty nonetheless has ‘severe weaknesses’ warns Ofsted however ladies now really feel safer

‘Inadequate’ East London school still has ‘serious weaknesses’ warns Ofsted but girls now feel safer

An East London school rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted is making progress inspectors found, especially around pupil behaviour, but still has ‘serious weaknesses’. The Lammas School and Sixth Form was rated ‘inadequate’ in a damning inspection in February 2022 and during a monitoring visit in May 2023 it was found the number of serious incidents taking place at the school has considerably dropped.

The full inspection in 2022 found that the Waltham Forest school in Leyton was ‘inadequate in the areas of behaviour and attitudes, and leadership and management’. The school ‘required improvement’ in quality of education, personal development, and sixth-form provision.

The Ofsted inspectors found behaviour in lessons could become so disorderly, students would feel “physically at risk”. They also reported pupils wouldn’t be confident that any concerns they raised with teachers would be dealt with, including bullying.

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The inspectors said both staff and pupils reported regular incidents of derogatory and discriminatory language, including homophobic and sexist name calling. In some subjects, the report found teachers didn’t have high enough expectations of what their pupils could achieve, and were not ambitious enough in their course planning.

The inspectors were also concerned by the provision for special educational needs and disability (SEND) pupils, saying some pupils with SEND were not learning as well as they could. Careers education was not as comprehensive as inspectors believed it should be, and some PSHE sessions were not being taught effectively, with pupils unable to remember what they had recently been taught.

Staff also raised concerns with the inspectors over workload, well-being, and lack of support from leaders at the school. Staff also said they didn’t believe their views were valued by those higher up, and felt they had not been consulted on policy changes.


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