I am delighted to inform you that following our recent Ofsted Inspection in July we were removed from Special Measures and judged to be ‘requires improvement’ in all categories. Whilst we are not yet deemed to be a good school we were very pleased with the outcome and the report which clearly recognise the significant journey that the school has been on in the last two years. The staff team deserve the highest praise for their continued effort and determination in ensuring that we continue to make improvements. The report clearly outlines our next steps and we will be working hard over the coming months to develop the areas identified.
The full report is available below. If you would like a printed copy then please ask in the school office. Can I also take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and welcome pupils back for the new term.
Welcome to Mount Gilbert. I am extremely proud to say that I am Headteacher of Mount Gilbert School. I have been Headteacher for over four years now and in that time have seen a number of changes in education. We aim to provide a high quality education for all our pupils no matter what their starting points or prior experience of education. We operate an open door policy for parents so if you would like to visit the school at any point please contact Juliet Lamsdale on 01952 387670 who will arrange an appointment. I hope that you find all the information that you need on our website but if you have any suggestions to make do not hesitate to contact me either on the above number or by emailing Juliet.firstname.lastname@example.org
Headteacher Lisa Lyon
Mount Gilbert School is a maintained school providing specialist education for pupils in Key Stages 3 and 4 (11-16) all of whom have a Statement of Special Educational Need or an Education, Health and Care Plan. Students’ primary needs are identified as social, emotional or mental health issues, with additional complex needs such as Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD), Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). There are currently spaces for 48 students on roll. Students attending the school come from a wide catchment area around the whole of Telford and Wrekin and are transported from home to school on either the school’s own minibus or private taxis. The school also has out of county placements. For information around our admissions procedures please see the parent information page of the website.
Following our recent HMI inspection, I am pleased to inform you that we have received very positive feedback. Ofsted have stated that we are continuing to take effective action towards the removal of special measures. You will see from the letter that there have been real improvements in school particularly in terms of behaviour and progress of pupils. We still have some work to do particularly in improving maths across the school.
Our focus for this term is on improving attendance across the whole school, improving outcomes for Y10 pupils and improving maths across the school.
Obviously attendance is something that you are able to help us with. We recognise that everyone gets ill on occasions but if you could make sure your son/daughter attends school everyday this would really help us out.
We continually work to maintain a safe and happy environment for our students. We, therefore, greatly value their views to assist us with doing this. The students, therefore, undertook a survey in 2015 and we were pleased that the results from this demonstrated that:
- All students think that the rewards are suitable for the pupils at Mount Gilbert
- All students understand why sanctions are put in place for their behaviour
- All students believe their parents support the sanctions imposed by Mount Gilbert
- All students agreed they know what to do if they are being bullied
- All students at Mount Gilbert want to do their best at school
- All students believe they are doing better since joining Mount Gilbert School
- 95% of students believe the teachers help them to do their best at Mount Gilbert
- 95% of students understand which sanctions are for bad behaviour
- 95% of students are aware their behaviour needs to improve and know what to do to improve it
- 95% of students know what awards are available to them in school and feel staff are fair at issuing rewards
- 95% of students believe they are making good progress at school
- 89% of students feel staff do their best to keep them safe
- 84% of students know what they want to do when they leave school
- 84% of students believe reward circle on a Friday is a good idea
The responses also told us that:
- 16% of students felt unsafe in school
- 65% of students felt more needed to be done about bullying
To help combat this, we set up a weekly afternoon ‘Keep safe group’ with students, the local PSCO and our Additional Needs Manager to review the school procedures and what changes we could make. As a result of this, we have:
- An anti-bullying board in the corridor to remind students what to do if there is an incident and of the consequences of bullying behaviours
- Reviewed the anti-bullying contracts to make them more effective
- Reviewed the time spent in inclusion for incidents
- Ensured that weekly sessions from Phil Roberts, our PCSO, will continue
- Promoted the SHARP system (online reporting system) January 2016
If you have any questions or would like to know more about our ‘Keep safe group’, please contact Kelly Hoggins or Phil Roberts at the school.
AIM: To create a safe, secure and happy environment in which all members of the community can flourish.
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