A “happy” Coventry school
has been praised by government inspectors for making excellent
progress in the last four years.
Lyng Hall in Blackberry Lane,
Stoke, was described as an "effective" and
"considerably improved" school, by Ofsted inspectors during
a recent visit.
The most notable areas of
improvement since the last inspection in 1997 were found to be the
quality of teaching and the effectiveness of managers.
The report said:
"The management by the
headteacher and senior staff is a strength of the school. They are
well informed and have established very effective decision-making
“They have worked hard to
develop similar skills in middle managers who in the main are making
a significant contribution to the development of the school."
The school was described by
the inspectors as:
"A happy school where
pupils from a wide range of cultural backgrounds get on very well
with one another.
“Relationships with pupils
and their teachers are good and there is an atmosphere of
co-operation and hard work."
Headteacher Paul Smith said
everyone at the school is delighted with the report:
"We are very pleased
that the good work and the significant improvements made since our
last report have been recognised.
“I would like to thank the
staff, governors and pupils for their support and commitment in
helping to raise the standards in the school."
The report found the following
good areas of performance:
Good teaching in most
subjects of the curriculum
GNVQ courses - provision
and pupils' attainment are very good
positive attitudes to school, particularly by the end of Key Stage
4 and in the sixth form
multi-ethnic ethos, based on good relationships and generally good
behaviour in and out of lessons
The systems and procedures
for supporting pupils with special educational needs
Effective subject planning
and teaching of English and mathematics, enabling the most able
pupils to attain high standards
The leadership of the
headteacher, senior managers and the governors
Staff and governors are now
working together to produce an action plan to address some areas for
improvement identified in the inspector's findings.
These include problems with:
The attendance of a
significant minority of pupils
The management of and
teaching in music and religious education
The spiritual development
of all pupils through collective worship and religious education
for sixth form students.