Ofsted – LPW independent School is officially ‘Good’

8th May 2018

With learning centres in Bedminster and Bristol city centre, LPW Independent School was visited by Ofsted inspectors in mid-April. In the report officially grading the school as Good, Ofsted states “pupils behave well”, make good progress in English and mathematics, and that “staff provide a high level of support for pupils”.

With education standards a source of on-going concern for parents and carers, teachers and politicians, it’s a significant accolade when a school that works to re-engage young people with mainstream education is recognised for its success with learners Ofsted acknowledged as having “complex needs and face considerable difficulties outside of school”.

The inspection report reflects that “despite these issues, staff never give up on pupils. Staff care about them deeply because they know that for many pupils, LPW is their last opportunity to stay in education”. The report picked up on the school’s excellent working relationship with parents and carers.

“The school staff work tirelessly to ensure these young people are successful both academically and socially. We are privileged to work with an amazing group of young people who make our schools such special places to learn,” says LPW Independent School Head Teacher, David Simons.

“This Ofsted grading is a tribute to the efforts of our staff and partners, but most of all to the pupils and parents themselves for their commitment to learning. Our wraparound approach supports us to help connect young people’s learning with their mental and physical wellbeing, as well as their relationships with their peers and their teachers.”

LPW Independent School is based on an ‘urban village’ principle, small schools based in city communities that support young people to focus on their personal and social development, re-engage with education, achieve qualifications and go on into further education, training or employment.

It’s based on four key ideas:

·       The importance of relationships in the education of young people

·       The importance of a student-centred approach to the education of young people

·       The importance of building resilience in young people

·       The importance of responding to the needs and aspirations of young people

The School is a full-time alternative education provider where learners are taught in small groups so teachers can pay particular attention to their individual needs.

The young people gain a broad set of skills, studying a range of GCSE subjects including English and mathematics, employability qualifications, art and design, and qualifications in science, first aid, cooking, and sports leadership as well as the opportunity to engage in long-term work experience placements.