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Ofsted success at Cumberland School

11 March 2022

Pupils and staff from Cumberland School were delighted as they celebrated the recent publication of their Ofsted report. The school has been judged as good in all areas, demonstrating the incredible difference Cumberland continues to make to its pupils, and their families.

Located in Lancashire, Cumberland School prides itself on providing pupils with a high quality and individualised learning environment with opportunities to access learning that is tailored to their needs.  These fantastic qualities are noted in the report.

Head teacher, Chris Newiss proudly commented:

"I’m exceptionally proud of the hard work and commitment from our pupils and staff, which resulted in this much deserved outcome. We look forward to building on this success and continuing to ensure Cumberland School is a fabulous provision for our whole school community."

The report noted:

  • Pupils enjoy school. They receive a friendly welcome from caring staff as they arrive at school each day. New pupils adapt quickly to school life. They make friends and settle into new routines.
  • Pupils feel safe and cared for. This is because pupils’ well-being is given the highest priority by staff. Pupils know that their teachers are ready to listen and to help them with any concerns that they may have.
  • Leaders make full use of the school buildings and grounds to support pupils’ learning and well-being. Classrooms and learning areas are bright, attractive and well resourced.
  • The curriculum thinking for both key stage 3 and 4 pupils is precise. Leaders have ensured that pupils build their knowledge in a logical way. For example, in computing, pupils learn about online safety in well-ordered steps. This means that pupils grow in confidence and deepen their learning.
  • Leaders have ensured that pupils’ enjoyment of reading takes a high priority. Staff are imaginative in planning opportunities to encourage pupils to read for pleasure.
  • The school’s curriculum is carefully planned to support pupils’ personal development. For example, pupils find out about different cultures and religions. They learn that all are equal.
  • Parents and carers have a positive view of the school. A typical comment was, 'the school goes above and beyond'. Parents appreciate the efforts that leaders make to share information about their children’s well-being and academic achievement.

Read the full report here.

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