24-hour school wins inspectors’ praise

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A SCHOOL for boys with emotional and behavioural difficulties provides outstanding care and support, according to Ofsted inspectors.

The William Henry Smith School, at Boothroyd Lane, Brighouse, provides residential accommodation in five houses for eight to 16-year-olds.

“They receive a high quality service which is meeting their diverse needs and the residential environment is very caring and safe.

“Comprehensive policies, guidance and procedures are implemented by well qualified and trained staff ensuring that young people’s welfare is safeguarded.”

The report found that the 24-hour curriculum is tailored to individual needs and the school has developed very strong links with families, carers and professional agencies.

Admissions are well planned, the accommodation is well maintained, comfortable and homely.

There are excellent levels of security, say the inspectors and the promotion of equality and diversity is outstanding.

“Staff are vibrant, well motivated, experienced and demonstrate a clear commitment to meeting young people’s diverse needs.

“The organisation and management creates a positive, caring and safe environment for young people to live in,” said the Ofsted inspectors report.

Head of the school, Brendan Heneghan, said he was delighted by the quality rating.

He said: “Young people receive outstanding care in preparation for leaving school, their health needs are well cared for and there is a culture of genuine care.

“Young people speak very positively about the school and its high quality residential service.”

The school meets all the national minimum standards.