Monday 27 November 2023
An Ofsted monitoring inspection of Les Voies School has found that the school has made significant progress in all areas where improvements were needed, following its external inspection a year ago.
Inspectors found that Les Voies School, which caters for young people aged 9-16 who have social, emotional and mental health needs, has improved across all areas previously rated as inadequate following its October 2022 inspection.
The monitoring inspection report, published today, highlights that:
- Leaders have quickly developed and implemented an improvement plan focused on systematically tackling the areas judged ineffective at the previous inspection.
- As a result, the quality of education and behaviour and attitudes at the school are already better and continuing to improve.
- The school's vision for providing a high-quality education for some of the most vulnerable pupils in the island is compelling. Staff have bought into it and there has been a rapid improvement in curriculum planning.
- Work to improve students' behaviour and attitudes has been extensive and wide ranging. The revised approach has raised expectations.
- Pupils and staff can see the school is already changing for the better.
Inspectors also identified areas where the school needed to continue its focus to make further improvements. It said leaders' work to develop the curriculum is at an early stage, with consistent expectations of classroom practice in place. However, inspectors found there is not yet a fully developed understanding of the crucial knowledge pupils need to learn.
Jon Furley, Les Voies School, said:
'Following the recent monitoring report I want to recognise the continued hard work of the staff and the commitment to the students and their families. I am pleased that the extensive development of the curriculum has been recognised, along with our shared vision of trying to ensure our students get a high quality education. I also want to thank the parents for their unwavering support and the students for trying to better themselves every day.'
Nick Hynes, Director of Education, said:
'Jon and his team deserve a huge amount of credit for successfully implementing an improvement plan following their inspection last year. The monitoring report shows improvements are widespread across all areas and I know the school will continue improving under Jon's leadership.'
Deputy Andrea Dudley-Owen, President of the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture, said:
'External inspections are an important part of education delivery as they help ensure a culture of continuous improvement is maintained. I know Jon and the whole Les Voies community were disappointed by their formal inspection report last year, but the response has been excellent and everyone involved should be proud of this monitoring report.'
The monitoring report can be read in full at www.gov.gg/inspections