Two schools praised by Ofsted inspectors

TWO schools in town have been praised by Ofsted in their latest inspection.

Saxon Mount School, in Edinburgh Road, St Leonards and Torfield School, in Croft Road, were rated as ‘good’ by the watchdog in its two reports, which were published last week.

Saxon Mount caters for students aged 11 to 16 who have autism and associated communication and learning difficulties. Torfield looks after primary aged pupils with similar special needs.

Both schools are federated, meaning they have a single executive headteacher.

The reports by Ofsted inspectors said all students at Saxon Mount made good progress and leave with a range of vocational qualifications and GCSEs.

Students’ behaviour was also commended, as well as their social skills and high attendance.

Ofsted said that all children at Torfield School made good or outstanding progress.

Inspectors also highlighted pupils’ keenness to learn and the recently improved curriculum at the school.

The executive headteacher, head of school and senior leaders, are supported by a strong governing body and are the driving force behind the schools’ improvement, inspectors added.

Ofsted visited both schools in December just before Christmas.

Richard Preece, executive headteacher, said: “This is an extremely pleasing outcome for both of our schools.

“The latest Ofsted inspection framework is both highly rigorous and very challenging and yet both schools have been judged to be performing very well in every aspect by the two different teams of inspectors.

“The schools became a federation just under two years ago and there have been some significant changes and developments in that time, so it is very gratifying to be able to celebrate their growing strengths. I would like to pay tribute to the hard work and dedication of our current staff and governor teams and also to thank our pupils and parents for their support and commitment to our schools.”