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‘Outstanding’ Ofsted report for special school

PUBLISHED: 14:31 11 March 2019 | UPDATED: 14:31 11 March 2019

Children and staff in Turtles class join head James Stanbrook, back centre, to celebrate Sheringham Woodfields School achieving an outstanding rating in their Ofsted. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Children and staff in Turtles class join head James Stanbrook, back centre, to celebrate Sheringham Woodfields School achieving an outstanding rating in their Ofsted. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Pupils and staff at a special school in Norfolk are celebrating an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted report.

Children in Turtles class join head James Stanbrook to celebrate Sheringham Woodfields School achieving an outstanding rating in their Ofsted. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYChildren in Turtles class join head James Stanbrook to celebrate Sheringham Woodfields School achieving an outstanding rating in their Ofsted. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Inspectors found “a very supportive and caring ethos provided by highly skilled staff” at Sheringham Woodfields School, and added that “relationships between staff and pupils” were a major strength.

The school, which caters for pupils with severe and complex learning difficulties, was also praised for its “outstanding teaching, highly tailored to pupils’ needs” and found that “pupils were treated with dignity at all times”.

The school’s previous inspection, in January 2018, was ‘good’, and headteacher James Stanbrook said: “We are all delighted with this outstanding judgement.

“It’s a just reward for all the hard work and dedication of our staff, governors, the professionals who support us, parents, carers and, obviously, the fantastic children in our school.

Sheringham Woodfields School achieves an outstanding rating in their Ofsted. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYSheringham Woodfields School achieves an outstanding rating in their Ofsted. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“The foundation of our success is the wonderful care provided by our staff which was recognised by inspectors.

“We recognise that achieving success for our pupils is a partnership between school and parents and carers, so it was really pleasing to see the responses from parents were so positive.

“All parents spoken to during the inspection or who responded to Ofsted’s online questionnaire, spoke in glowing terms about the support that they and their child receive at school.”

The one thing inspectors found that the school could improve upon was careers advice and guidance, which it found was good, but not outstanding.

The school, which caters for pupils aged from three to 19 and has 110 students, is building on its success with the construction of a new therapeutic centre.

The site has already been cleared, all funding is in place, and tendering for the work is being finalised with a view to a late spring start on site.

The centre should be built and equipped by Christmas and it means that the school will be able to greatly increase the range of therapies for pupils in the spring term.

The £1m-plus project will create another 24 to 30 school places helping relieve the pressure on special school places for children in Norfolk.

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