Lawnswood School: Ofted inspectors update

Inspectors returning to a Leeds high school five months after placing it in special measures have found it was still inadequate in several areas.

Lawnswood School was deemed failing to provide an acceptable standard of education when Ofsted attended in September.

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Now, after a monitoring visit by the education watchdog, a report published yesterday states that achievement, attendance and progress of students with special educational needs or disabilities, remain substandard.

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Inspectors found numbers of students with persistent absence still high and punctuality to lessons requires improvement at the 1,520-pupil comprehensive.

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However, inspectors said its progress since being subject to special measures was satisfactory, as was support provided by the local authority and School Improvement Partner, plus progress in addressing safeguarding issues.

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They also found students appeared on track towards improved attainment at GCSE level in 2010 and teaching was improving, with teachers making good use of assessment to raise standards.

A key problem area – behaviour – was also found to be improving.

Last year inspectors said a significant proportion of students were disrespectful to both adults and peers and at times their behaviour put others at risk.

Since then a deputy headteacher has left and various changes have been made to senior and middle-management roles.

Yesterday the YEP revealed headteacher Milan Davidovic was leaving after eight years in the job. He will take early retirement in December and the board of governors will start recruiting a replacement shortly.