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Celebrations for Lichfield school as Ofsted rates it as ‘outstanding’

A Lichfield school is celebrating after being rated ‘outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted.

Maple Hayes Dyslexia School was praised by inspectors for its unique approach to teaching and the commitment of staff to making sure pupils thrive regardless of their learning ability.

Headteacher Dr Daryl Brown and school principal Dr Neville Brown

Headteacher Dr Daryl Brown and school principal Dr Neville Brown

Lead inspector Sandy Hayes said the school’s efforts were reaping rewards.

“Inspectors agree that pupils benefit tremendously from their time at the school,” she said. “The success of the school is due to the vision, expertise, determination and hard work of the proprietors and headteacher.

“Parents describe Maple Hayes as ‘an answer to prayer’. They say that, from the moment they start at the school, their children’s lives and those of their families are turned around.”

The school was deemed ‘outstanding’ in the four main categories which include:

  • effectiveness of leadership and management (including governance and safeguarding)
  • quality of teaching, learning and assessment
  • behaviour and welfare
  • outcomes for pupils

The report added: “Pupils do, indeed, thrive at Maple Hayes. They grow quickly in self-confidence and become self-assured learners who are, rightly, proud of their achievements.

“A real community spirit exists in the school. Pupils are proud to belong.”

Headteacher Dr Daryl Brown said he was delighted by the report’s findings.

“We are really pleased to be recognised once again as an outstanding school,” he said. “We have a long history of receiving ‘outstanding’ results and this latest report is a testament to the tremendous work by both our staff and pupils who always strive for excellence.

“The report highlights the importance of providing the highest standard of education for children with dyslexia and special learning needs and shows that our unique teaching method is vital to ensuring young people can achieve their full potential.”

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