Specialist school rated ‘requires improvement’ six months after opening

A new school was rated ‘requires improvement’ by Ofsted six months after opening

As reported by North Norfolk News, a new specialist school was rated ‘requires improvement’ by Ofsted six months after opening.

The Stables Independent School, which was created for pupils with social, emotional and metal health needs, has been open since September 2018.

Ofsted’s visit in March showed that the school is failing to meet standards in all but one category.

The school has nine pupils in roll thus far and, despite the rating, the head teacher, Natasha Foucher, isn’t discouraged.

“Our Ofsted visit was a very positive experience,” she said.

“We have identified clear development priorities to move our school forward.”

Ofsted’s report said problems were found in the school’s “systems for evaluating its own effectiveness” and that improvement planning was “at an early stage of development”.

Records were “insufficiently precise” and work schemes were not “adapted well enough”.

Ofsted did, however, acknowledge that safeguarding is “well maintained” and that staff were effectively helping younger pupils improve.

A spokesperson for the school said it offered full-time permanent placements with small class sizes to pupils in the care of the local authority, but that there had been “considerable staff turbulence” since opening.

“Pupils have experienced high levels of trauma during their early development,” they added.

“Leaders and proprietors have clear plans for improvement that focus on curriculum development, the monitoring and assessment of pupil progress and ensuring all pupils at the school are taught at an appropriate level.”

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