14:19 Thursday 07 March 2013

Special schools praised in Ofsted report

Written byMARK MCKAY

EDUCATION watchdogs have praised teaching staff at a primary, and high school, for children with special educational needs

The Fountains Primary School and Fountains High School, in Bitham Lane, Stretton, were deemed to be ‘good’ after Ofsted inspectors visited the school on February 13-14.

The schools provide education for children moderate and server learning difficulties, children with profound and multiple learning difficulties and children who have autistic spectrum disorder.

Both schools were judged to be ‘satisfactory’ after an inspection in 2010.

Children in the primary school made good progress in all areas of learning despite having ‘very low starting points’, according to the report.

It said: “They get off to a good start because staff work closely with parents and carers and each other to ensure children settle quickly.

“The quality of teaching has improved significantly since the last inspection.

“Observations have become more rigorous and good practice is shared. As a result, most teaching is now good and some is outstanding.”

To improve further, the primary school must make better use of teaching assistants to help least able students, use questioning to extend the thinking of more able students, and provide feedback to more able students.

The report also praised Melsa Buxton, executive head teacher for both schools.

It said: “The executive head teacher and senior leaders have a clear vision for both schools. They have developed policies and procedures across both schools to bring about greater consistency.”

Mrs Buxton, told the Mail: “The report is recognition of the real improvement that has taken place at the school over the last two years.

“It also recognise the hard work put in by pupils, parents, staff and governors of the school.

“It is difficult to know what to do when the Government is changing the guidelines but we feel that the present inspection frame work is clearer than it has been for some time.”

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