Swiss Cottage School Development and Research Centre are pleased to announce that we have been rated as ‘Outstanding’ for a fifth time in a row. Ofsted inspectors judged pupils’ achievement, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety, and leadership and management to be outstanding, and more specifically that “the school is a happy and well-maintained community.”
The SEN school in the London Borough of Camden is one of only 11 schools in the country (out of approximately 26,000 schools) to have five consecutive Outstanding Inspections. Of the 11 schools in the country, the school is one of only two London Schools, and one of two special schools across the country.
Principal Kay Bedford OBE said: “We are justifiably proud of this achievement and it is a good recognition of the hard work and dedication of the learners, staff and parents.”
The school was assessed over a two day period by Lead Inspector James Bowden in January 2014.
He found that “The school meets fully its key aim of providing an education that develops pupils’ self-confidence, their strategies and skills for successful learning and their ability to use them in all aspects of life. Their achievement is outstanding.”
He adds that the achievement of pupils is “outstanding irrespective of individual special educational needs or disabilities.”
Mr Bowden recognised the confidence parents and carers have on the quality of teaching at Swiss Cottage: “Without exception, parents and carers who responded to Parent View consider their child to be taught well and that they receive valuable information about the progress their child is making.” Pupils who spoke with the inspectors confirmed lessons were interesting and that there were lots of things to do. One commented, ‘Teachers listen to us and help us.’
The report also identifies that “Attitudes to learning are excellent, which is as a result of interesting lessons and the fact that activities provided are matched carefully to pupils’ learning needs and abilities.”
The inspection recognised the schools commitment to the wider SEN agenda. “The high quality support and training offered by the Development and Research Centre helps mainstream and special school staff at home and abroad develop their confidence and expertise in supporting their own pupils with special educational needs as well as sharing best practice beyond Swiss Cottage.”