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Ofsted Inspection November 2013

The school was pleased to welcome Ofsted in November to inspect the school.  The school has been informed that we can now publish the report.  Please click on the link below to read the full report.

We are delighted that the incredibly hard work of the school community was recognised by the Inspection Team.  They rated the school as Good with Outstanding Leadership and Management.  The Governors and staff are incredibly proud of this recognition.

I am most pleased that Ofsted have managed to capture a real flavour of our school in the way the report is written.  In particular their observation that:

The school is a highly inclusive community. A positive ethos permeates all aspects of the school’s work

is particularly pleasing as this is so central to the school’s work and is responsible for the school’s success.

I was very proud, as I always am, of the students during the inspection.  The Team pointed out that they hadn’t experienced an inspection before where they were approached by so many students who wanted to make clear how great their school was.  The report notes that, 

positive relationships with the students are very evident

and this is also true of the opinions of parents.  The Inspectors were overwhelmed by the positive response to Parent View on their website and were taken aback by the amount of personal letters sent in by families.  My thanks to all of those families who took so much time to explain in detail their view of the school.  I have a folder of  letters on my desk which are full of comments such as:

This is a warm, caring, yet educationally ambitious school. The senior staff are on a dedicated mission to make this the most successful school in Lambeth and I have every faith they will do so.

The report also notes that:

Parents are highly supportive of the school and correctly believe that students are well taught.

It is good to hear Inspectors praising the hard work and dedication of school staff and teachers. Teaching staff have been pleased to read the Inspector’s comments about how:

Students throughout the whole school are very positive about their school and are appreciative of the hard work and support of their teachers in helping them learn. They recognise that their behaviour is good, with respectful relationships evident between all in an atmosphere of trust.

This is a real testament to the efforts we have made as a school but also, I think, a vindication of the approach we have taken to building our community around our clear core values where:

The leadership team, dynamically led by the headteacher, is driving the ambitious vision in all aspects of the Elmgreen Way.

Please take time to read the report in full. It will give you a real flavour of where The Elmgreen School is up to at this stage of its development. Staff and Governors feel satisfied that Ofsted have made such a fair and realistic judgement of the school. Ofsted agree with us about the future direction of our improvements and how:

The Headteacher’s vision and impact are valued by the whole community. Outstanding leadership inspires staff and students to do their very best.

I am very grateful for the unflinching support of our local community, in particular since the last Inspection, and to the Governors, staff and students of the school. Last March we decided as a community to keep making the school better because it was what our students deserved. We resolved to do it in our own way and to stay true to the ethos and principles of the school. To now be able to share with you a report that celebrates that achievement is very pleasing. Comments such as:

Replies to the staff questionnaires were overwhelmingly positive about the school and leadership. One comment reflects many others: ‘This is great school to work at. I believe in the school as it matches my own ethos for life. We are valued and appreciated completely’

John Wilkinson
Headteacher, November 2013

Full Ofsted Report

DfE Compare Schools Site

The Elmgreen School is an 11-19 voluntary controlled comprehensive school in the London Borough of Lambeth. It has 1100 students on the school roll. Click on the link below to go the Department for Education Compare Schools Site to view performance information about the school and compare it with similar schools in the area.


Parent View

Our families are very positive about the work we do. We are grateful for their continued support and take their views seriously. Please see the link below to see our latest results held by this DFE survey and current parents can add their views to that site, or by writing to us or filling in the surveys held at every parens’ evening.
I think that the school genuinely strives to give all students a good experience. It is compassionate, caring and children feel safe and known. Effective learning can only take place if students feel cared for and secure. 

I am the parent of 2 children one in year 8 and one in year 10. What I like about Elmgreen is the staff’s ability to respond quickly and effectively to issues that arise for my children. This has been consistently true over the four years. My children are happy at the school which gives them a positive attitude to being there and to learning. They enjoy the many after school activities and lunch clubs on offer. There is a friendly and supportive atmosphere which helps them join in and feel part of the school’s community. The ethos of inclusion, where other people matter, is teaching our children a very valuable lesson in getting on with others which they will need for the rest of their lives. I am glad my children go to The Elmgreen School.Parent of Year 10 and Year 8 Student

The passion of the Head and Senior Team shines through the school- they are extremely committed to making the school a great one for all. I love the ethos of the school (one of the main reasons I chose it). I am so pleased that the school are willing to be courageous and dare to create a truly unique school that places high value both on academic achievement and pastoral care, following a broad, holistic approach to student well-being. As a parent, it felt like a risk to choose such a new school but I am very glad I was prepared to follow and invest in my own beliefs about education. I do not regret my choice at all.

Parent of a Year 9 Student

My son is in Year 10 and absolutely loves being a pupil at The Elmgreen School. He doesn’t want to miss school even if he is ill. I have found the school to be holistic not only in caring for my son’s academic education but also helping him to mature into a sensitive and gentle soul who cares for those around him. This, I know, also reflects the ethos of the school. As a parent I feel the school is responsive and has never let me down when dealing with my concerns or suggestions. Its inclusive status relates to pupils and their parents whether they are separated, married single or a guardian. It fits in well with Lambeth Council being a co operative council, I wonder if the Elmgreen School’s success gave the council the confidence to take this journey. To sum up great school, great staff, great ethos resulting in great pupils.

Parent of a Year 10 student

Our daughter is dyslexic and we worried about her making the transition from primary to secondary. However, we are happy to see how the school has recognised her creativity and that in turn has boosted her confidence in both writing and reading. She is well on her way to meeting her goal of reading ten novels by June.

Parent of a Year 7 student

We were very pleased that my daughter got a place at The Elmgreen School two and a half years ago. We were anxious though, as many parents are, about the transition from a very good Primary School to a new Secondary School but to our delight she has thrived academically and is happier and more settled and confident at The Elmgreen School than she has ever been. She has been supported to try out all sorts of activities and we are particularly proud of her passing grade 1 guitar, her piano performances at the Fusion events and her acting and singing in The Wizard of Oz. The tutor system has been brilliant for her too. We are amazed by how responsive the school is; if we need to know anything or have any concerns her tutor always makes contact with us within 24 hours. Our daughter is achieving, safe and supported at The Elmgreen School. Parent of a Year 9 Student


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