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Coxlease School in Lyndhurst is rated 'good' by Ofsted

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AN INDEPENDENT school in Lyndhurst which teaches pupils with special educational and complex needs has been rated ‘good’ by Ofsted.

Coxlease School in Clay Hill, which teaches ages five to 19, is run by Aspris Children’s Services, previously known as Priory Education.

The inspection carried out in January was the first since a change in the leadership of the school, with the current head teacher, Anthony Merriman, taking on the role in September 2021.

Coxlease School near Lyndhurst
Coxlease School near Lyndhurst

While the school’s overall rating was ‘good’, inspectors ruled the children’s behaviour and attitudes were ‘outstanding’, along with their personal development and the sixth form provision.

The report said: “Pupils thrive at Coxlease School. Adults understand pupils’ needs exceptionally well. They create a positive, safe atmosphere that ensures that pupils settle in quickly.

“Several pupils told inspectors how much their behaviour had improved from being at this school.”

Pupils benefit from activities that help to develop their character, it said, including trips to the science museum and theatre. Pupils also participate in a range of extra-curricular clubs, including football, dance and chess club.

Several parents and carers praised the school’s work, with one saying that the school “has changed my child’s life for the better”.

The report added: “Pupils’ social, emotional and mental health and behavioural needs are met exceptionally well through a personalised package of support and therapy. Staff are experts in managing behaviour calmly so that pupils stay safe.”

An enthusiasm for reading “shines through”, and adults know how to unpick pupils’ gaps in phonics and provide teaching tailored to each pupil.

Inspectors praised leaders, staff and Aspris Children’s Services, and said: “Together they make sure that the standard of education is consistently good and outstanding in the sixth form.

“High-quality careers information, advice and guidance help pupils make decisions about what they want their future lives to be like. As a result, typically all pupils who leave go on to successful and sustained next stages.”

The report concluded: “Despite some significant changes in leadership, the school’s management of pupils’ needs continues to be of high quality.

“Leaders have a strong understanding of the school’s strengths and what needs to get even better.”

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