A new report published by OFSTED has graded Lilian Baylis Technology School in Lambeth as ‘outstanding’ across four areas (achievement, teaching, behaviour and leadership). Lilian Baylis is one of only two schools across the whole of London to gain this exceptional accolade since the new tougher Ofsted inspection framework was introduced in September 2012.
Over the last 10 years Lilian Baylis Technology School has been transformed. Once considered a ‘sink’ school it has now proven itself against the most stringent Ofsted framework yet and joins the elite 5% of secondary schools nationally to be graded as ‘outstanding’ in all areas.
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Headteacher Gary Phillips said ‘This confirms what our parents and carers have known for many years. Lilian Baylis is a great school that ensures, as the report states, that its students make exceptional progress from their starting points. Students who have studied at Lilian Baylis go onto the best universities to study Medicine, Law and Accountancy whilst others go onto great apprenticeships in Engineering or Business. Lilian Baylis does what it says at the front of the school. It transforms the life chances of its students’
Chair of Governors, Teresa Clay, stated, ‘I am so proud of all that our students, parent, carers and staff have achieved. They are Lambeth’s hidden heroes. They have collectively transformed a once failing school into one of only two across all of London with a ‘perfect’ OfSTED. We will not be resting on this achievement. The Governors and Head are determined that results will continue to rise and that our fantastic new Sixth form which is already one of the largest in Lambeth further expands’
The Student Action Group, which is the Lilian Baylis Student Council, stated ‘We are so proud to be a part of Lilian Baylis. Teachers work so hard to help us in lessons, after school and during Saturday and vacation school’.
The school is supported by the Royal Society of Arts which is a society of 27,000 professionals who promote innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges.
Mathew Taylor who is Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Arts stated ‘The RSA is proud to be working in partnership with Lilian Baylis. We are particularly pleased to support the innovative mentoring scheme in the Sixth form providing mentors to ensure every student has a mentor from a career they wish to enter . Over the next few years we hope to develop our partnership with Lilian Baylis to do even more support the ambitions of all the students’.
Debbie Jones, Executive Director of Childrens Services at Lambeth Council stated, ‘Lilian Baylis represents all that is good about Lambeth schools. It is an extremely well run school with great ambitions for all its students. It cares passionately about ensuring every student, regardless of background, is challenged and supported to be the absolute best that they can be. ‘