Ofsted January 2019
5 March 2019 (by s.stewart)
Ofsted-Social Care Inspection Report
OUTSTANDING YET AGAIN!!
Ofsted undertook a Social Care Inspection of the school on the 21st January this year and the school was once again judged to be ‘Outstanding’ for its 14th year.
The school is a non-maintained school for students with social, emotional and mental health challenges. Specific learning difficulties include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder. The William Henry Smith School offers education and residential care to boys aged 7 to 19 years old with older students attending colleges in the local area. The school has five residential houses and has a range of facilities, which include a farm, adventure playground, an all-weather sports enclosure, an indoor sports hall and gymnasium.
Inspectors concluded: the quality of work and the differences made to the lives of children and young people is outstanding. There is a considerable local and regional acknowledgement that the school is a centre of excellence.
Overall experiences and progress of children and young people-Outstanding
How well children and young people are helped and protected- Outstanding
The effectiveness of leaders and managers- Outstanding
‘’The pupils experience care that is exceptionally nurturing, therapeutic and tailored towards their individual needs. The therapeutic, teaching and care staff work closely together in a way that makes a huge difference in the lives of the pupils. The staff are talented and have a wide range of experience. They use a broad range of research and evidence-based practice to help pupils overcome diverse and complex barriers to their development. The pupils feel safe, develop a strong sense of their personal safety and overcome significant barriers to be responsible citizens. They attend a range of social events, sustain their progress and development and transfer their skills and abilities to other environments, such as home and the community.
Their quality of life is significantly higher in terms of their emotional well-being, their new friendships and improved home life.
The whole school works cohesively for the benefit of the pupils. Staff at all levels, including the senior leadership team and premises staff, have good relationships with the pupils and contribute to their care and support. The therapy staff, teaching staff and care staff consistently provide seamless and meticulous support to the pupils. The staff understand the impact of neglect, poor attachment, trauma, mental health and ASD. The staff have the resources, skills and knowledge to support the pupils to overcome these complex difficulties. The staff are proud of what they achieve and feel well supported by the management team. There is a strong culture of aspiration and positivity. The pupils’ current and future life opportunities are significantly enhanced by being at the school.’’
‘’The school is immensely proud of its achievements, the hard work of our children and young people and the strength, determination and talent of its growing staff team. We are continually striving to ensure that we provide the very best of nurture, support and learning opportunities to help drive improved quality of life outcomes and opportunities for success now and through in to adulthood.
The school’s partnership within the new Specialist Provision Cluster in Calderdale provides an opportunity to extend its work formally with other schools in the district.’’
(Sue Ackroyd, Principal)