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Ofsted’s recent inspection of Sands School gives a clear endorsement of their democratic approach to education.

Taking part in decision-making process was observed to develop “exceptional qualities of thoughtfulness and the ability to offer balanced arguments”. Good pupil achievements were found to be a “consequence of the democratic structures, which enabled pupils to make good progress”. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development was deemed to be “outstanding” because of the exceptional impact of the democratic principles.

The inspector was particularly impressed with pupils’ behaviour noting that “lessons took place in an atmosphere of mutual respect” and that “visitors were greeted with interest and impeccable manners”. The resultant safe and supportive learning environment was found to underpin pupils’ welfare, health and safety, which was rated as “outstanding”.

Read the full report here or visit our Ofsted page for more information.