We had the last Ofsted Visit in September 2017. We maintained the judgement of being a ‘GOOD’ school but are aspiring to become ‘OUTSTANDING’.
What Ofsted Said…
Here are some of the lovely things that were in the report
About the parents/carers:
“For many of your parents, the decision to move their child from their local school to Sandside Lodge, while one of their hardest, in hindsight has been one of their best. Your parents appreciate the hard work and commitment of you and your staff. They have absolute confidence that their children are happy, safe and well cared for. As one parent told inspectors, ‘We could not have wished for a better school.”
About the staff at Sandside Lodge School:
“Your staff are enthusiastic in finding out about new approaches for working with pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. Their professional curiosity is paying dividends in helping your pupils to be successful learners. Everyone has embraced new technologies. These technologies are benefiting pupils with the most profound needs, such as the eye gaze communication system in particular. You are keen to reach out and work with schools locally and regionally, sharing ideas and helping each other. Sandside Lodge is held in high regard by colleagues in local schools and the local authority.”
About the leaders:
“The leadership team has ensured that safeguarding arrangements are thorough. Robust checks are carried out to ensure that staff are suitable to work with children. Comprehensive training ensures that all staff follow up assiduously on any concerns. The school works well with its external partners. Record-keeping is meticulous. Staff make sure that the curriculum is filled with a wealth of opportunities to teach pupils how to keep themselves safe. Parents and staff agree that pupils are safe and well cared for.”
About our future aspirations:
“Since the previous inspection, the school has gone from strength to strength. You are highly ambitious for Sandside Lodge. Governors recognise that they have a key role to play if the school is to achieve its goal to be outstanding.”
What we did next?
We are always looking for ways to improve our provision for the wonderful students we serve and since the last inspection we have achieved many external accreditations and recognition such as: