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Outstanding Ofsted Inspection & Links with Zambia

Posted 18/6/2014

It has been quite a while since my last update. I have been waiting for our latest Ofsted report to be published – and although we were inspected at the end of February it has only recently been made available. This inspection was for our residential provision and is done on an annual cycle. We have worked hard to consolidate the good practice the school follow in this area and a great deal of credit needs to go to the whole of the child care team in achieving the best possible outcomes. The school has been judged as outstanding in every area: Outcomes for residential pupils; quality of residential provision and care; residential pupils’ safety; leadership and management of the residential provision and in overall effectiveness. This is confirmation from ofsted of what the boys who attend school and what parents tell us in their feedback to us. It further confirms that a residential placement at the school is a very positive choice for the education of pupils in our sector!

Our links with Zambia have continued this year. We were delighted to receive two visitors from our link school for a week. They worked every morning with our classes and spent the afternoons visiting other schools in the partnership. Miss Brepi went to Zambia to visit them just before half term and says that it was a wonderful experience. She worked in the school and visited the sights including a very damp trip to Victoria Falls. The whole school were captivated by the presentation in assembly and the pictures of the boys and girls learning in such a different environment. Miss Brepi is continuing the links with Zambia by integrating work into lesson planning. We have a skype link to them and communicate regularly about many aspects of school and life in the different countries. The boys have really developed an understanding of the different culture and how people around the world live in different ways from us.