As you will be aware LJFS had its first OfSTED inspection on the 18th and 19th of June, 2015.
The outcome of all inspections is confidential until the report is published. We are pleased to say that the report has been published today and that LJFS was rated as GOOD in each of Ofsted’s four inspection criteria:
- Leadership and management
- Behaviour and safety of pupils
- Quality of teaching
- Achievement of pupils
You will be aware that we had set ourselves the very ambitious target of achieving outstanding in our first inspection.
Whilst we knew that this would be difficult to achieve and unlikely, after only five terms of operation, we believed and continue to believe, that this should be our only aspiration in terms of OfSTED.
The inspection was successful and the DfE are very pleased with the outcome. We are disappointed that we did not achieve Outstanding but are very happy that OfSTED viewed both our model and provision as so strong.
A key factor in the inspection team reaching their decision was that we do not yet have any externally verified data as the students have not yet sat their GCSEs. This will of course still not happen for another three years. The inspector did not feel able to confirm any judgement above Good until such data is available (2018). As you will know most established schools can take up to 20 years to achieve this accolade, if they achieve it at all.
The most important celebration within the report is that the inspector was able to confirm that the students are on track to achieve their GCSE targets, which confirms the judgements we have made.
These targets are based in the students making 5 levels/grades progress between Year 6 and Year 11 (GCSE). This is almost twice the average rate of progress (the norm in most schools), and this confirms that we are on track to meet the clear commitment we made to you and your children when we opened the school.
The innovative collaboration with The Rodillian Academy is also recognised as a strength and continues to be an integral part of our plans to keep taking the school forward. Being able to offer a bespoke small school with all the capacity of a large school is a major achievement and still a unique model nationally.
The inspector was also able, through paired observations, verify our judgements of teaching and learning.
We were also delighted that the inspector recognised that both leaders and governors have high aspirations for the students and are determined that they should excel academically and personally.
Whilst the inspection model did not allow such a judgement, our judgment is still that Teaching and Achievement are Outstanding, but clearly we will now need to wait until 2018 to be in a position to have this confirmed by OfSTED.
We will continue to develop and enhance our provision between now and our second inspection so that the small areas identified for development are addressed and we have moved beyond these so that LJFS is recognised as a one of the leading schools in the UK.
Our numbers continue to rise and from September 2017 we anticipate the need to operate a waiting list.
With your trust and support we have secured the future of inclusive Jewish secondary education in Leeds that builds on the strength and success of our partner, Brodetsky Jewish Primary School. This seemed impossible five years ago but is now a reality with a secure future.
Please enjoy reading the report, secure in the knowledge that we will not be resting on our laurels but working quickly to build and improve the school further.
Jeremy Dunford Dan Cohen
Executive Headteacher Chair of Governors