Stour Academy

Lansdowne Primary School

An incredible transformation

A school judged inadequate in 2013 and in special measures since May 2014 has just received its first Ofsted inspection result since joining The Stour Academy Trust.

Lansdowne Primary is celebrating the rating of Outstanding in effectiveness of leadership and management and early years provision with the school receiving a Good judgement overall.

The DfE contacted The Stour Academy Trust, a leading Multi-Academy Trust based in Kent, to assume leadership of the school in November 2014 after concerns about the school’s future. The Trust was able to provide substantial support to the school through its collaborative model of working and sharing of good practise between schools across the Trust.

Lansdowne Primary School has been in Special Measures since May 2014

The two day inspection by the education watchdog Ofsted from September 20 to 21 was welcomed by the Trust and the resulting Good judgement with Outstanding features highlights the incredible transformation of the school.

Simon O’Keefe, Chief Executive Officer of The Stour Academy Trust said “This has been a particularly challenging few years. The school was in an exceptionally poor position and in need of rapid improvements in all areas. I am delighted that the hard work of pupils, staff and governors has been recognised and would like to pay tribute to the Headteacher Mrs Bevan, who has displayed great resilience and determination in driving the school forward.”

Inspectors highlighted the leadership of the school, the report stated: “Outstanding leadership by the headteacher has provided accelerated improvement at Lansdowne. As a result, the quality of education for pupils has been transformed in recent years, and overall standards and the quality of teaching has risen sharply.” 

The altruistic nature of the school was also praised, “Leaders’ unremitting focus on improving pupils’ outcomes has established and stabilised a palpable culture of high expectations throughout all areas of the school’s work. Leaders and staff demonstrate the highest aspirations for pupils to achieve well, feel safe, and be happy.”

Inspectors also commended the achievements in early years “Children get off to a flying start in the early years setting. High expectations abound, and staff provide a wealth of effective learning opportunities both inside classrooms and outdoors. Children typically make rapid and sustained progress from their starting points."

Headteacher Mrs Bevan, with pupils of Lansdowne Primary School

The School received top marks in effectiveness of leadership and management and early years provision alongside a good rating for quality of teaching, learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare and outcomes for pupils.

Having recently celebrated the Outstanding judgment of Adisham CE Primary School in the Canterbury Hub of the Trust; Lansdowne, which has 420 pupils, becomes the third school in The Stour Academy Trust to achieve an outstanding grading for its leadership.

Lansdowne Primary School is one of seven schools in The Stour Academy Trust.

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