‘Outstanding’ school chalks up a hat-trick

Staff, students and head teacher Duncan Heneghan at William Henry Smith School, Rastrick
Staff, students and head teacher Duncan Heneghan at William Henry Smith School, Rastrick

A RASTRICK school has been rated as ‘oustanding’ by Ofsted inspectors.

William Henry Smith School, which is for pupils with emotional and behavioural difficulties and offers education and accommodation to boys aged between eight and 16 years was rated outstanding in all aspects.

Inspector Leonard Hird said the residential pupils were receiving a high quality service which was meeting their diverse needs.

“Comprehensive policies, guidance and procedures are implemented by a well qualified and trained staff team ensure that young people’s welfare is safeguarded,” said Mr Hird.

“The residential environment is providing young people with a safe and very caring environment. The dedicated staff team is working in partnership with parents, carers and other professionals to ensure that a high quality residential service is available.

“Excellent planning and assessment by the care staff team is helping in the promotion of young people’s welfare and educational needs.”

Head teacher Brendan Heneghan said they were delighted with the report. “It recognises some of the fantastic work the staff are doing with our boys and it is always nice when that is recognised,” he said.

“This is the third year in a row that we have been rated outstanding which is some achievement. We are getting something right. It was particularly pleasing to receive praise in relation to the safeguarding of the children.

“The quality of relationships the staff make with the students was highlighted as a strength because that is important when you are working with our students. You have to build a good relationship with them .

“All the children were praised for their ‘can do’ mentality. We try to encourage children to achieve and our success was highlighted. It was a pleasing report.”