Ten outstanding years at school

Ofsted at William Henry Smith School, Rastrick. Harvey Bissell aged 10.
Ofsted at William Henry Smith School, Rastrick. Harvey Bissell aged 10.

A Rastrick school for boys with behavioural difficulties is celebrating after being rated outstanding by Ofsted for ten years.

Ofsted undertook a Social Care Inspection of the William Henry Smith School in March and the school was judged to be ‘Outstanding’ across all areas.

Inspectors said that diversity is celebrated and the students are open about their needs and the support they receive.

In the report they said: “In all areas of their development, students make outstanding progress through the exceptional delivery of the 24-hour curriculum as excellent arrangements are in place to support them.

“Students benefit from learning about and undertaking new interests, for example forming and playing in a band, growing vegetables and collecting eggs on the school farm.”

Principal Sue Ackroyd said: “It was evident throughout the three days of inspection that our 24 hour integrated approach is impacting significantly on the emotional resilience of our boys and this is very clear evidence of the hard work of every member of our team throughout the school.

“There is an exceptional recognition and celebration of pupils’ achievements which assists the development of all pupils’ self- esteem and confidence and the proactive and imaginative staff support and encourage pupils’ progress across all areas of their life.”

The inspector also highlighted that a dedicated Residential Manager and inspirational Senior Management team have high aspirations and continue to develop and drive the school from strength to strength

Developing independence is outstanding and young people are well prepared for moving on was also a key feature of the school.

Damien Talbot, Head of Care said: “I am extremely proud of the team, the recognition for their efforts in maintaining an outstanding provision is a fantastic achievement.

“Our children are amazing, it’s our job to help them prove it.”