Latest Ofsted Inspection for East London Independent School

Click here to read the ELIS Ofsted Report, July 2018

An Ofsted inspection held from 10-12 July 2018 judged East London Independent School as good, with particular mention of the school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare described as outstanding. Our Group Process sessions, which all pupils engage in during the week, were also noted to “make a strong contribution to pupils’ outstanding personal development.” 

We are also proud that Ofsted recognised that “Safeguarding and pupils’ personal development are the strongest aspects of the school’s work; they are at the centre of everything that the school does, with leaders ensuring that the programme for personal, social health and economic education was a strong focus on keeping pupils safe.” Our pupils’ voices were also heard during the inspection, with some telling inspectors that “I have learned more in this school than in any other I’ve attended.” Pupils also told inspectors that “Bullying is unacceptable and not tolerated; there is no bullying in this school.” 

Summary of key findings for East London Independent School:

“The personal development and welfare of pupils is a strength of the school. Staff work effectively with therapists and external agencies to support pupils. As a result, most make strong social and emotional progress from their starting points.”

“Leaders provide rich opportunities for pupils to develop spiritually, morally, socially and culturally. Consequently, pupils respect different beliefs and are well prepared for life in modern Britain.”

“Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school. They are proud of their new building and take good care to keep the environment clean.”

“Staff are highly motivated. They, too, are committed to enhancing pupils’ development and preparing them well as young adults for when they leave school. The staff share a strong sense of team endeavour, and this benefits pupils. Staff commitment and care enable pupils to thrive. As a result, pupils re-engage with learning and grow in self-esteem because they experience success and a sense of achievement, in some cases for
the first time.”

“Pupils’ work shows that they take pride in their learning and are proud of their achievements. As they complete units of work, pupils grow in confidence that their efforts have been recognised. Older pupils gain useful accreditation’s in some practical subjects, for example, creative arts and media, sports and active leisure, and vehicle maintenance. Leaders closely monitor pupils’ progress and attendance in the off-site provision.”

“Pupils use their achievements and the independent careers advice they receive to plan for and secure places in further education colleges when they leave. Pupils are well prepared to take up these places with confidence.”