Teachers across Lawnswood Campus participated in a very exciting session that marks our journey into the future. Our e-learning group tested out the very latest virtual reality gadgets to hit classrooms. They explored augmented reality science lessons and walked along a virtual Wall of China. They tested out the latest Lego Education WeDo kit and explored a variety of ways to engage students through technology. The e-learning group are very excited for future developments across the campus.
We are pleased to share the following article with you showing our recent inspection feedback. The original article can be found here.
A pupil referral unit in Wolverhampton has been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, which it found helps students make “informed choices about their future”.
Inspectors visited the Midpoint Centre in Parkfields, which supports Key Stage 4 pupils in years 10 and 11, last month, and said it has maintained a good quality of education and is taking effective action to make further improvements.
Executive Headteacher Jo Wood has provided “strong leadership and a clear vision, which has led to high aspirations for staff and pupils”. Ably supported by her leadership team and a strong management board, she has created “a calm and solution-focused environment in which pupils can thrive”.
Teaching from the “knowledgeable and passionate staff” continues to improve, and teachers and pupils enjoy positive relationships.
Attendance and behaviour are both improving; many pupils had very high absence rates in their previous schools, but thanks to “effective strategies to re-engage them in education”, the vast majority improve their attendance – with parents full of praise for the school’s work in this area.
Ofsted found that leaders recognise that persistent absence is one of the biggest challenges to improving pupils’ progress, and that there are robust systems in place to investigate unauthorised absences.
Pupils who attend regularly are making good progress, enjoying a curriculum which is “broad and balanced, and adapted to meet the needs of different cohorts and individual pupils”. Learning is supported by a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities, including theatre visits. Outcomes in English, art, construction and science are strong, and progress in mathematics has quickened.
The vast majority of pupils move onto further education or training when they leave the school, and some “credit the school with helping them to lead purposeful adult lives”.
Inspector Simon Mosley was particularly impressed with the Midpoint Centre’s “awe-inspiring” art room, filled with high quality work celebrating pupils’ success.
Head of Centre Bob Callaghan said: “We are all delighted with the outcome. The staff and students have worked hard to maintain the judgement of Good and the report reflects this progress.
“The areas for improvement contained in the report helps the Centre on its journey to becoming an outstanding provision.”
The Midpoint Centre is one of four pupil referral units in Wolverhampton which provide education for children who are excluded, sick, or otherwise unable to attend a mainstream or special school.
Councillor Claire Darke, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “The Midpoint Centre provides an invaluable service to keep young people in education, and to ensure that, as far as possible, the fact they are not in mainstream education does not limit their chances of succeeding in life.
“This is a very positive inspection report which captures the excellent work that Bob Callaghan, Jo Wood and the team are doing with the pupils at the Midpoint Centre.”
We will be open tomorrow as usual. Please take care on the roads and pavements.
Due to continuing severe weather conditions the Midpoint Centre will be CLOSED on Tuesday 12th December to all staff and students. Please check back for further updates.
Due to severe weather conditions the Midpoint Centre will be CLOSED on Monday 11th December to all staff and students. Please check back for further updates.
Here at Lawnswood Campus professional development really matters to us. It is vital that our staff have up-to-date training and have opportunities to share good practice. On Monday 27th November we provided a range of training including first aid refreshers, enhancing teaching and learning sessions, and e-learning support from RealSmart. Take a look at our latest video:
YouTube allows users to upload and share content instantly from their phones, tablets and personal computers. Check out our safety tips for parents and students to help stay safe when using YouTube. You can download a copy here.
Our term dates have now been updated. Please be aware that students will finish at The Midpoint Centre on Wednesday 20th December 2017. Students will return after the Christmas period on Wednesday 3rd January 2018.
On Monday 27th November the centre will be closed to all students for a Teacher Training day. The Midpoint Centre will reopen as normal on Tuesday 28th November.