Improvements at special school

Northease Manor School. SUS-140423-083727001
Northease Manor School. SUS-140423-083727001

An independent special school that was told to improve by Ofsted has taken “effective action” to do so.

Northease Manor School, in Rodmell, had been rated ‘requires improvement’ in all areas except for its ‘good’ sixth-form provision following an inspection in November 2014.

But a recent monitoring visit by inspector Matthew Barnes found many changes had been made, with the senior leadership team responding “positively” to the issues raised.

Mr Barnes said: “The improvements made to leadership have started to bring about improvements in the quality of teaching.”

He particularly highlighted teaching in art and English as strong. While Mr Barnes recognised the achievements made in maths, he felt the improvements made had not been done so at a fast enough rate. While results achieved in 2015 had been higher than those of 2014, they were still much lower than the results achieved in other subjects.

The effectiveness of the school’s governing body was seen to be improving, while Mr Barnes said the progress made by leaders was “particularly well demonstrated” when it came to how much the welfare, health and safety provision had improved.

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1) Make our website your homepage at

2) Like our Facebook page at

3) Follow us on Twitter @sussex_express

4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

The Sussex Express - always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.