Ian Mikardo School

Name Ian Mikardo School
Website http://www.ianmikardo.com
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 26 June 2014
Address 60 William Guy Gardens, Talwin Street, London, E3 3LF
Phone Number 02089812413
Type Academy (special)
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Boys
Number of Pupils 49 (100% boys)
Academy Sponsor T4 Trust
Local Authority Tower Hamlets
Percentage Free School Meals 81.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 18.4%
Catchment Area Information Available No, we only have catchment area data for schools in England

Information about this school

Ian Mikardo School is a special school for boys with severe and complex behaviour, emotional and social difficulties. All students have a statement of special educational needs. There have been substantial changes in what the school offers since the previous inspection. The number of students in the school has doubled following a period when the school was using a temporary site. The school is now occupying purpose-built accommodation on its original site as part of the Building Schools for the Future project. The school’s curriculum is made up of two aspects: the subject curriculum and the social curriculum. The subject curriculum, introduced five years ago, is structured under five headings and led by a head of department. The social curriculum takes place during breakfast, break, lunch and after school. Almost all students are supported through the pupil premium. This additional government funding is for students who are looked after and for students known to be eligible for free school meals. The school receives a small amount of additional funding for its students in Year 7. About a third of students are from a White British background and the rest come from a range of minority ethnic backgrounds. A few students speak English as an additional language. The school provides outreach for other schools in its community.

Summary of key findings for parents and students

This is an outstanding school. The headteacher, school leaders and governors have ensured strong improvement in all aspects of the school’s work since the last inspection. Students’ progress in English and mathematics, from low starting points, has been outstanding in the last three years. This is because of high-quality teaching and the use of exceptional resources, now more available in the new school. Additional funding for Year 7 students is helping them to progress extremely well in their reading. Students make outstanding progress in their listening, speaking and language skills. This is because of the excellent partnership between the school and external professionals. Teachers’ marking of books ensures improvement in students’ knowledge and skills. As a result, all students, including the more-able, are making outstanding progress. Support staff are highly trained and make a strong contribution to students’ excellent progress. Systems to manage staff performance are rigorous and are clearly linked to securing students’ rapid progress in all subjects. Behaviour and safety are outstanding. The school is welcoming and supportive of students from all backgrounds. Students feel extremely safe and well cared for. Students’ behaviour improves rapidly to outstanding, often from a poor start when they join the school. The consistently calm approach of all staff encourages students to completely change their attitudes. Middle leaders (who lead departments and subjects) check the quality of teaching and the progress students make in their subjects extremely well. A wide variety of planned lessons ensures that students develop exceptional skills in a broad range of subjects. This prepares students well for their next step in education or training. Excellent personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is at the heart of the school’s success and underpins all of the school’s strengths. Parents and carers appreciate the school’s work to support their children. They feel that they are sufficiently informed and involved in their children’s progress. The governing body holds the school robustly to account for its performance and management of finances. This has strongly contributed to students’ achievement.