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Lichfield’s Maple Hayes Dyslexia School celebrates after Ofsted report is published

Pupils and staff at Lichfield’s Maple Hayes Dyslexia School are celebrating their latest Ofsted inspection results.

Niamh Padley, Lois Pickard, headteacher Dr Daryl Brown, Zack Gambrell and Sam Eden

Niamh Padley, Lois Pickard, headteacher Dr Daryl Brown, Zack Gambrell and Sam Eden

The report praised the school’s leadership and management, quality of teaching, and the behaviour and safety of pupils.

It was awarded ‘good with outstanding features’ status.

The report said: “Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding.

“Pupils want to learn and become successful. They present themselves and their work well, and with pride. They enjoy school because of the great help they receive from teachers within small classes, and their success in learning to read and write well.”

The inspection, carried out by Kathy Hooper and Carol Deakin, also marked the school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure as ‘outstanding’.

It said: “Although pupils very often arrive with low levels of confidence due to their previous experiences of failure, they blossom within the orderly and predictable climate that pervades the school.”

The quality of teaching was marked ‘good’ by inspectors, who said there was a “coherent approach to teaching literacy that is reinforced well. As a result, pupils’ literacy improves quickly”. It also praised pupils’ “rapid progress in reading and writing helps them to achieve well in subjects across the curriculum”.

The report added: “Pupils say that the approachability of teachers, the use of the school’s method of teaching literacy, and the small classes are the best things about the school.”

The school’s leadership and management were judged to be ‘good’ by Ofsted’s inspectors.

Headteacher Dr Daryl Brown praised the hard work of pupils and staff at the school after the report.

“We are very pleased that the behaviour and safety of our pupils has been marked as being outstanding as it shows the growing confidence the children have within the school.

“We want to thank them and also our hard-working staff and parents in keeping Maple Hayes to a standard we are proud to be.

“We will continue working hard towards improving every aspect of the school.”

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