Outstanding students and top leadership

OFsted report for William Henry Smith School, Rastrick. From the left, Miles Barrett, 15, Tyler Bell, 11, Harvey Bissell, nine, Thomas Bradshaw, 15, Kailem Sykes-Ward, 15, and Aziz Mohammed, 13.
OFsted report for William Henry Smith School, Rastrick. From the left, Miles Barrett, 15, Tyler Bell, 11, Harvey Bissell, nine, Thomas Bradshaw, 15, Kailem Sykes-Ward, 15, and Aziz Mohammed, 13.

A Rastrick school that teaches boys who have social, emotional and behavioural difficulties has outstanding features, according to Ofsted.

The William Henry Smith School was rated good overall by inspectors and was found to be outstanding in leadership and management, and overall effectiveness of the residential experience.

OFsted report for William Henry Smith School, Rastrick. Cameron Daniel, 13.

OFsted report for William Henry Smith School, Rastrick. Cameron Daniel, 13.

Jean Tarry, lead inspector from Ofsted, said the residential provision was outstanding with students consistently making good progress as they travel through the school.

“Teachers deliver well-organised provision and students achieve well, particularly in mathematics and reading.

“Support staff are a huge strength of the school as they are adaptable, versatile and build excellent relationships with students to support their efforts with their learning.

“Some students gain outstanding personal achievements due to the tremendous support that they receive from experienced, well-trained members of staff.

“The quality of the leadership by the principal is outstanding. He ensures that the spiritual, moral, social and cultural aspects of the overall provision are continuously improving the lives of the students.

“The head teacher of the school has a crystal clear overview of all students’ achievements and areas for development. He knows exactly what needs to improve.

“Governance is a strength and governors do all they can to support the students.

“The leadership and management of students’ behaviour are outstanding, as students are supported fully to achieve well.”

There are currently 35 residential and 15 day students at the school, which admits students from 15 different local authorities, mainly in the North of England or the Midlands.

Inspectors noted only a couple of areas where the school can improve: helping students with their progress in writing, and becoming more consistent in marking pupils’ progress across classes and subjects.

Principal Brendan Heneghan said: “The school is extremely proud and delighted to have received such a good report.

“We have initiated some pretty significant changes and developments in the last few years and are delighted that these have been recognised so positively.”