Garden City Montessori School Closed

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Garden City Montessori School Closed

Name Garden City Montessori School Closed
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 27 November 2018
Address 269 Icknield Way, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, SG6 4UE
Phone Number 01462889271
Type Independent
Age Range 2-12
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 31 (61% boys 39% girls)
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 0.0%
Pupils with SEN Support 6.5%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Governance is provided by four advisory boards, whose members are employees, or are otherwise connected with, Letchworth Garden City Church (LGCC), a subsidiary of the proprietor, and parents. The advisory boards operate under the direction of the head of management, who is the senior pastor of LGCC and an employee of Elim Foursquare Gospel Alliance. The school does not have a religious ethos or character. The school follows the ethos and teaching methods of Dr Maria Montessori. The school was first inspected in February 2017 and its overall effectiveness was judged to require improvement. Two of the independent school standards were not met at that time: paragraph 3, 3(a), 3(d) relating to the quality of education provided, and paragraph 34(1)(a) and 34(1)(b) relating to the quality of leadership and management. A progress monitoring inspection was carried out in November 2017 to check the previously unmet standards. All standards checked were met at this inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The school complies with all of the applicable independent school standards. The overall effectiveness of the school has improved since the previous inspection as a result of effective leadership and management. It now provides a good quality of education. Leaders have ensured that teaching is good and that it meets the needs of individual pupils. Teachers use the school’s chosen teaching method consistently. Pupils make good progress in English, mathematics and a range of other subjects. They develop a love of learning and are keen to develop their knowledge. Safeguarding arrangements are effective. Pupils learn about a range of ways to help them stay safe. Pupils behave very well. They are polite and respectful. Learning time is very rarely lost as a result of inappropriate behaviour. Governance arrangements have been strengthened and are developing. The school’s curriculum provides pupils with learning opportunities in an appropriately wide range of subject areas. The early years provision gives children a good start to their education. Children settle quickly and develop good learning skills from an early age. The school’s key priorities for further improvement have not been identified fully and plans are underdeveloped. Pupils’ progress in writing is not as strong as in other subjects. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.