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Great ratings! Models of inclusion and quality learning

12 May, 2017 — By Koos Couvée

Headteacher Manny Keteku with Year 1 Laycock Primary pupils

PUPILS and teachers at Laycock Primary School this week celebrated the fact that the school has maintained its “Good” Ofsted rating.

Headteacher Manny Keteku said he was “very proud” that the school, which has the largest number of hearing-impaired children in the country, had been able to maintain standards despite Ofsted’s increased focus on attainment, which is more of a challenge for deaf pupils.

Six-year-old Hamdah

Some first heard sounds when they were aged three, and many continue to have hospital appointments, meaning they often have to miss a whole day of lessons. The school has 68 deaf children, out of 428 pupils.

“Ofsted’s emphasis on attain­ment is a lot more than it used to be and we have significantly more special needs pupils than most schools,” Mr Keteku said. “But we’re committed to being one school. It’s a fantastic model of inclusion. The benefit of this for our pupils is that they learn a lot about acceptance and tolerance. Our school motto is kindness and unity.”

Students at Samuel Rhodes School in Highbury, which caters for 5 to 19-year-olds and is rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted

Meanwhile, headteacher Julie Keylock of Samuel Rhodes School in Highbury, said she was “really proud” the school maintained its “Outstanding” Ofsted rating.

It was no mean feat, particularly because the number of pupils aged 5 to19 has risen from 89 to 126, while their needs have become “increasingly complex and challenging”, she said.

“The whole team here at Samuel Rhodes are highly motivated and over the last five years have worked tirelessly to meet our pupils’ changing needs. This report is a ringing endorse­ment of that commitment, Ms Keylock added. “We are like a family here – and we’re thrilled that Ofsted inspectors agree that we provide an outstanding quality of education.”

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