‘Exceptionally well cared for’

William Henry Smith School, Rastrick, is celebrating after being rated good by Ofsted inspectors. Pictured is the football team with teacher James Hind
William Henry Smith School, Rastrick, is celebrating after being rated good by Ofsted inspectors. Pictured is the football team with teacher James Hind

STUDENTS at a residential special school are outstandingly well cared for according to Ofsted.

William Henry Smith School, Rastrick, has been dubbed good by the inspectors but the residential provision is outstanding.

“Nearly all students enjoy attending. They say they feel exceptionally well cared for and are helped to learn as much as possible. The student ‘voice’ is an outstanding feature of the school. Students talk confidently and sensibly to visitors and are proud of their achievements,” according to inspector Alastair Younger.

He said behaviour in the residential provision was excellent. “Behaviour is slightly weaker in school because a few students do not show as much enthusiasm for learning as they do in recreational activities.

“Relationships between adults and students are particularly strong and this contributes to sensitive and effective management of behaviour.

“Throughout, the school has maintained an outstanding ethos, as defined by the excellent spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of students,” he said.

Head teacher Brendan Heneghan said: “The school is extremely pleased to receive such a strong endorsement of our work from Ofsted.

“A fourth successive outstanding grade for our residential provision is testament both to the work of staff and the willingness of students to engage in their all-round learning and development.

“It was also pleasing for students to have the excellent progress they make with their reading recognised. It was obvious to the inspectors that our students are happy and that our increasingly therapeutic approach enables them to overcome significant barriers. “Exemplary safeguarding arrangements”, ”an outstanding sense of well-being” and “an outstanding ethos” are comments of which we should all be rightly proud.”