Outstanding care at North Devon special school

Karen (third from left), was recently congratulated on her retirement by Devon County Council’s Chief Executive Phil Norrey (second from left) and Head of Education Dawn Stabb (fourth from left) and Cabinet Member for School Cllr James McInnes ( sixth from left)

Posted on: 18 September 2017

A North Devon special school has received a glowing report from senior
education inspectors who say the pupils receive outstanding care and flourish in a purposeful and positive learning environment.

The report will be seen as a tribute to Karen Rogers who retired last month after 10 years as head of Lampard Community School in Barnstaple.

Lampard looks after 122 pupils aged from five to 16 with special education needs.

Two senior inspectors from the schools standards agency, Ofsted, visited Lampard just before the end of last term and their report has just been published.

It says every aspect of school life at Lampard is good with outstanding features.

And, they say, there is a strong capacity for the school to get even better.

The inspectors – who are both ranked amongst the most senior Ofsted staff – spent two days at the school in July.

Lead inspector Diana Denman concludes: “Pupils make good progress in their learning across a breadth of subjects

“Leaders have developed a curriculum that equips pupils with the skills, knowledge and understanding to support them to learn effectively.

“It promotes pupils’ individuality and encourages them to flourish.

“Pupils enjoy coming to school and say it is a ‘happy place’ for them to learn.

“The care and support of all pupils is outstanding. The care, compassion and commitment of the head and her staff underpins the positive and trusting relationships they have with pupils.

“The positive rapport between pupils and staff underpins the culture and ethos of the school.”

Ms Denman says parents speak confidently about the impact Lampard has on their children’s development and well-being. They say the school goes the extra mile to protect their children.

She says pupils behave impeccably and she adds: “The development of pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural awareness is a strength of the school.”

Ms Denman pays tribute to Mrs Rogers and comments: “Her unshakeable sense of purpose and care for pupils’ learning, behaviour and well-being has ensured that the school continues to improve. The capacity for further improvement is strong.”

She says, to achieve that continued improvement, the school should further improve the quality of teaching for the youngest children, should provide more challenge for the most able and improve skills in calculation and problem solving in maths.

Mrs Rogers said: “I am extremely pleased with the outcome of the inspection and delighted that Her Majesty’s Inspectors recognised the very good practice at Lampard.

“I would like to thank the staff for all their hard work and also for their support during my ten years of headship with a particular thank you to the leadership group who are an incredibly talented and a highly professional team.

“I would also thank Kevin Harris, the chair of governors and the board, who give unstintingly of their time, knowledge and expertise.

“We have all worked together to provide children and families with the very best possible education, care and support and I am very proud of all we have achieved.

“I know the school will continue to go from strength to strength under the leadership of the new headteacher, Sam Barham, and I wish all students, parents and carers, staff and governors the very best for the future.”

Mrs Barham said: “The students and the staff at Lampard are very proud of their school and the judgement given by the inspectors is a credit to their determination and hard work.

“As the new headteacher, I look forward to continuing to strengthen the school and improve on its successes.

“Ofsted recognised our close working partnerships with parents and carers and I want to take this opportunity to thank them for their continued support because it’s through this collaborative approach we will ensure the outcomes of their children continue to improve.”

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