It is continued Ofsted success for Pontville as they yet again prove they are a leading school in the UK for young people with speech, language and social communication impairments – their recent inspection yet again rated them as Outstanding for both the education and the care they provide.

A summary of the Outstanding Ofsted inspection:

Overall effectiveness

Outstanding

Pupils’ achievements

Outstanding

Pupils’ behaviour and personal development

Outstanding

Quality of Teaching

Outstanding

Quality of curriculum

Outstanding

Pupils’ welfare, health and safety

Outstanding

Leadership and management

Outstanding

Overall effectiveness of the residential experience

Outstanding

Some of our favourite quotes from the report include:

‘Teaching is outstanding. Teachers use a very good range of resources and lessons are paced very well. They make lessons interesting and engaging; often encompassing an excellent range of topics and subjects. ‘The vast majority of pupils make rapid and sustained progress over time in all areas of learning’

‘The curriculum is outstanding. It provides pupils with an excellent range of activities including formal lessons in all areas of learning, vocational pursuits, land-based studies and  enrichment activities.’ ‘By the time most pupils leave the school, they are exceptionally wellprepared to further their education and most go on to attend college.’

‘Pupils that are accommodated in the residential setting gain immeasurably from the guidance, support and care that they receive from care staff. This contributes to their outstanding personal development. Behaviour management in the residential setting is exceptional.

“Just a quick note to congratulate you, the staff and pupils at Pontville on your clean sweep of Outstandings in your recent inspection. I know how difficult this is to achieve under the new framework. Great credit is due to all involved. It is most reassuring that the education and well-being of all your pupils, but especially for me, those from our area are in such good hands.” – SEN Lead Officer from the West Midlands