A Rastrick school has been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted inspectors.
William Henry Smith School meets all the national minimum standards for residential special schools and was found to be outstanding in all five of the effectiveness areas under scrutiny.
Inspectors said: “Residential pupils thrive and become confident in social situations by taking part, alongside other pupils, in the new and exciting opportunities presented. A wide range of enriching activities enables them to learn about new interests and attain positive achievements.”
The report said: “They thrive personally and socially by being an integral part of the school community.”
Behaviour was described as ‘exemplary, with excellent arrangements being in place to support pupils’ personal and academic progress’; changes to the management and operational structure were deemed to ‘provide a seamless link between academic and pastoral care’.
They say that pupils benefit from learning about and undertaking new interests both on the school site and within the local community, they also make a significant contribution to the school’s development and make suggestions and choices on a daily basis.
Safeguarding is seen as a priority and staff promote welfare through robust and effective systems. There are excellent relationships with external agencies. Residential pupils say they feel safe in the school and residential environment.
Director of student achievement, Sue Ackroyd, said: “A desire to constantly drive forward improvement and set challenging targets means that students reap the benefits of enhanced practice. Students are happy and content and our staff teams’ unequivocal positive attitude and exceptional role modelling ensures that they achieve maximum success.
“We are very proud of the school’s achievements and look forward to continuing our work with other schools/colleges and universities in the locality and, further afield to help them in their challenging and rewarding work.”