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Monday, 19 March 2007

Local school is "hugely impressive" says Ofsted

Laleham Gap's main site in Northdown Park Road, Cliftonville.

Laleham Gap School has been rated by Ofsted as outstanding or good in every area.

The inspection was carried out three weeks ago by a team led by Mike Kell, who said "It is a hugely impressive school that enjoys the overwhelming support of parents. The whole staff team has produced an environment in which the pupils flourish. Very high expectations and a commitment to developing the pupils as young people are evident in all the school's work."

The school was formed in 2005 by the amalgamation of Laleham School in Northdown Park Road, Cliftonville, and Gap House School, Broadstairs. It now operates from both these sites, and also runs nursery classes at Newlands School, Ramsgate.

Laleham Gap School specialises in the teaching of pupils with speech, language and communication disorders. Almost two hundred pupils, aged between three and sixteen, are on roll.

Headteacher Keith Mileham said "We're delighted. It is a lot about team work and support from the parents. There are also excellent staff who go beyond their contract hours to support the children. We have a fairly small school and we know our pupils well. All of them have something extra even though they have special needs."

Click here to view or download the full inspection report.

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