Quality Marks - The Lindfield School
Ofsted Outstanding School
The Lindfield received another judgement of OUTSTANDING following our Ofsted inspection in March 2019.
"Staff take the time to get to know the pupils, ensuring that relationships between staff and pupils are exceptionally positive. Teachers set challenging targets, and, as a result, the vast majority of pupils, including those who are disadvantaged, make outstanding progress from their starting points, in both their academic and their personal development."
SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural) Quality Mark
The Lindfield School achieved the SMSC Quality Mark Gold in January 2019.
Young Citizens worked with experts in the field to create the SMSC self-review tool and verification service, to help schools implement their vision and improve their delivery of pupils’ SMSC Development.
This involves schools being assessed against four quality standards in SMSC:
Standard 1: The Effectiveness of Leadership and Management
Standard 2: Teaching, Learning and the Curriculum
Standard 3: Extra-Curricular Provision
Standard 4: Whole School
The SMSC Quality Mark has been developed to ensure that children and young people are able to make a positive difference to the society in which they live – locally, nationally and globally. Through SMSC education, we help our students to develop knowledge, skills and confidence and become empowered citizens.
East Sussex Quality Mark for Inclusion
The East Sussex Quality Mark for Inclusion was awarded to The Lindfield school in July 2018 and has been developed to maintain an inclusion standard threshold in our local area and acknowledge inclusive practice already embedded in East Sussex schools.
Practice expected for the East Sussex Quality Mark for Inclusion will aid educational settings to identify areas for development feeding directly into school improvement, and areas of potential excellence.
The East Sussex Quality Mark for Inclusion can also be used as evidence reflecting leadership and governance, the value given to the views of all stakeholders and a pursuance of best practice for all children and young adults, particularly those most vulnerable.
Investors in Careers
The Lindfield School achieved the Full Investors in Careers Award in September 2019.
The Lindfield School is fully committed to providing all of our students with a planned programme of careers education activities throughout their school journey, with opportunities at key transition points to access impartial information and expert advice and guidance. Students will have the opportunity to engage with a number of employers throughout their time at school.
Work experience is provided for Year 11 with Work place experiences for students in Key Stages 3 & 4. This includes transition visits and Health and Safety training.
We use the East Sussex Aspire system to ensure all placements are appropriate and safeguarded.. We provide work simulations and role plays, mock job and college interviews.
We are working in line with the 8 Gatsby bench marks and are linked with a local business advisor (Lynne Hinchliffe)
Our CEIAG policy is in the curriculum section of our school website.
Learning Outside the Classroom
In January 2015 the Lindfield School was awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Bronze Quality mark.
Learning outside the classroom (LOtC) forms a part of the curriculum for all subjects and benefits students in the following ways:
• Consolidating learning through real life, practical activities
• Aiding transition to new places and situations
• Increasing motivation and willingness to learn
• Developing confidence and self-awareness
• Developing social and communication skills
• Growing through challenge and becoming more independent
• Demonstrating achievement – through awards, displays and presentations
Our LOtC policy can be found on the policies section of the school website
Unicef Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA)
In July 2016 The Lindfield School gained the Silver Unicef Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) and was the first school in East Sussex to do so.
In November 2019 The Lindfield School gained the Gold Unicef Rights Respecting Schools Award.
In November 2022 The Lindfield School was again reaccredited as a Gold RRSA School.
This involved a whole school commitment to two years of activities that promoted the rights of the child. This included continued learning about children’s rights across the curriculum and having a whole enrichment week of rights based learning. We also hold Children's Rights assemblies and have an active RRSA steering committee comprising students, staff, parents and governors/trustees. Pupil voice and pupil participation are firmly embeded in the life of the school.
Children’s Rights are displayed in very simple language in every classroom. There is also a lunchtime charter, expressed in words and symbols, linked with agreed rights-respecting behaviours. Rights Respecting behaviour is rewarded through ‘Value Vouchers’ in Celebration Assembly each week.
In 2017/18 The Lindfield gained the Arts Award which is an accredited course in performing arts for years 7 and 8.
Arts Award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents: it's creative, valuable and accessible. This gives our students a solid preparation for the Btec in Performing Arts.
We offer the Arts Award in the following art forms:
- Craft, Dance
- Film and video
- Visual arts
The Lindfield School was awarded the Arts Mark gold Quality Mark in 2014.
Arts Mark is the creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England. It provides a clear framework for teachers to plan, develop and evaluate arts, culture and creativity across the curriculum.
We are working towards Arts Mark Platinum. This will include a two year Erasmus Plus funded animation project with the Franz Marc School in Dusseldorf, Germany. A group of Lindfield students visited Franz Marc in March 2018 and hosted a visit from their students in September 2018. This exchange programme will continue in 2019.