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This is an outstanding school Outstanding leadership and leaders' uncompromising drive to provide the very best education for pupils have led to rapid and significant improvement since Longspee School became an academy.
Strong support and challenge provided by the Ambitions Academy Trust are highly effective in the school's continual improvement. All leaders and staff have the highest expectations for their pupils. As a result, pupils in all groups make outstanding progress from their starting points in their academic and personal development.
Leaders have an accurate view of the school's strengths and the next steps needed to improve the school even further. ...The Ambitions Academy Trust is highly effective in identifying future leaders. It provides high-quality training and coaching, which are having a very positive impact on developing leaders' skills and improving the effectiveness of the school.
The quality of teaching and learning is outstanding. Teachers precisely assess pupils' starting points when they join the school. They set ambitious and aspirational individual targets to ensure that every pupil makes outstanding progress, particularly in English and mathematics.
Leaders routinely and rigorously check the quality of teaching, learning and assessment. Teachers receive personalised feedback and training, which has resulted in significant improvements in teaching and pupils' learning and outcomes. Relationships between staff and pupils are exceptionally strong.
Pupils trust their teachers and demonstrate great respect to adults and to each other. The school's drive to instil the values of 'respect, tolerance and the rule of law' permeates all aspects of the school's work and underpins pupils' outstanding personal development. Pupils are very well cared for and kept safe at Longspee.
As a result, pupils feel secure and develop outstanding attitudes to learning. This is preparing them well for the next stage of their education. They leave with greater confidence, independence and rapid gains in their academic and personal development.
The school's creative curriculum supports pupils' social, moral, spiritual and cultural development successfully. Pupils experience a wide range of carefully planned experiences both in and outside school, such as art, music and sport. This broadens their learning and develops their self-esteem and self-confidence.
The governors visit the school regularly and challenge and support leaders to improve the school's effectiveness and performance even further. Middle leaders, including those new to their roles, are effective. Nonetheless, senior leaders have plans in place to develop their roles even further to provide high-quality support to colleagues both at Longspee and in the trust's other schools.
Information about this school
Longspee Academy is a special day school providing education for boys and girls with emotional, social and mental health difficulties. All pupils are supported by a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan. Longspee Academy opened in September 2013.
The school is part of the Ambitions Academy Trust. When its predecessor school, Longspee School, was last inspected by Ofsted, its overall effectiveness was judged to be good overall. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage.
The proportion of pupils who are supported by the pupil premium is well above average. The pupil premium is additional government funding to support pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after by the local authority. Longspee Academy provides an outreach service offering behaviour support to mainstream schools in Poole.
Some pupils join the school at times throughout the year. On occasion, the local authority commissions alternative provision for individual pupils, a bespoke service to support the work of the school. This was the case at the time of the inspection for a very small number of pupils.