Residential Ofsted

Residential OFSTED 20 - 22 February 2018

The Care Team are delighted to have an overall grading of OUTSTANDING from OFSTED this year.   Please take the time to read the whole report (link through the ‘About Us’ section). However, a summary of key findings are:

This residential special school is outstanding because:

  • High-quality care planning ensures that the specific needs of each young person are identified and effective strategies for meeting the young person’s needs are implemented in practice.
  • There is a bespoke model of care that is understood by the young people; this provides them with consistency and a sense of stability and security.
  • Safeguarding and protecting young people from harm are embedded in practice. There are strong and effective systems for monitoring safeguarding practice.
  • Prompt action is taken to address any emerging concerns regarding the safety and protection of individual young people.
  • The residential facility is a fully integrated and a valued asset of the whole-school provision. Effective communication takes place between teaching and care staff.
  • Residential pupils make significant progress across all aspects of their lives but particularly in the areas of social skills, communication and levels of independence.
  • Leaders and managers have made positive links with community organisations and young people are becoming more integrated into their local communities.
  • Behaviour management strategies are tailored to the needs of individual young people and their effectiveness is kept under review.
  • There is a comprehensive range of recreational and leisure activities designed to ensure that the young people have fun and learn new skills.
  • The headteacher demonstrates a commitment to securing specialist support for young people with specific needs.
  • Regular and effective communication with parents is maintained; staff work positively with parents to secure better outcomes for young people.
  • Healthcare provision is strong and a sensitive approach is taken to delivering sexual health and relationships education.
  • Staff listen to young people and provide them with many opportunities to express their views on the standard of care that they are receiving.
  • The care managers are committed to learning from best practice and seek to continuously develop and raise standards in the residential provision.

A paragraph from the report:

All of the parents consulted during this inspection were able to specify areas of progress made by their young people. The most common areas were improved social skills, independence and self-confidence. Many young people have built strong peer relationships, despite experiencing a degree of social isolation before becoming a residential pupil. One parent said ‘becoming a residential pupil has transformed the life of my child’.