A Swindon secondary school is celebrating after making significant improvements, according to Ofsted.
Lawn Manor Academy, on Salcombe Grove, was inspected in July this year with the results being published on the education regulator's website this week.
The school has been rated Good in all areas, which marks a big improvement on its previous inspection result of Requires Improvement in January 2022.
The education setting became part of the Ascend Learning Trust in 2017, and since then says it has 'strived to raise standards and give the best opportunities to all of its pupils, as well as level the educational playing field for the pupils who come from some of the most disadvantaged areas of Swindon'.
The report celebrates the high standards and expectations placed on pupils, which in return have led to an improvement in results and the overall school experience. It describes pupils as “polite, considerate and respectful”, and the school as a “calm and purposeful environment where pupils focus on their learning.”
Lawn Manor Academy is unique within Swindon, and the wider area, for its diversity and cultural mix. This diversity is celebrated with a number of events throughout the year where Lawn Manor Academy families come together to showcase their backgrounds and culture, as well as the introduction of the role of ‘welcome ambassadors’ in order to help new pupils settle into school life and build friendships.
These initiatives have been hailed by Ofsted as positive contributions to the school community, that have “established a culture where diversity is valued and celebrated.”
Sandra Muir, headteacher at Lawn Manor Academy, said: “We’re thrilled that Ofsted has rated us as a ‘Good’ school; the report is overwhelmingly positive and we are absolutely delighted by it.
“It was clear throughout the inspection just how much pride there is to be part of the school – from pupils, staff and parents - and how our culture of being welcoming and inclusive is solidly ingrained in everything we do.
“This is a great achievement for the school and is due to the hard work of all the staff and pupils, who often go above and beyond without it being asked of them.”
For more information about Lawn Manor Academy, which held an open evening for prospective pupils and their parents and carers last week, visit www.lawnmanor.org