Special school in Spalding receives ‘outstanding’ Ofsted report

Pupils and adults gather in the new sensory garden to celebrate their Ofsted report. SG030715-100TW
Pupils and adults gather in the new sensory garden to celebrate their Ofsted report. SG030715-100TW
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Success just keeps on growing for a Spalding special school which has been awarded ‘outstanding’ status in its latest Ofsted report.

So there couldn’t have been a better place for the Free Press to join celebrations at The Garth School in Priory Road than in their new sensory garden.

To move to outstanding in all areas of our work is a testimony to the incredible hard work and tenacity of all our staff

Daran Bland, executive headteacher

The school achieved ‘outstanding’ following a visit by inspectors last month. On the previous two inspections it had received a ‘good’ status.

Inspectors were impressed by the school’s leadership and management, the behavior and safety of pupils, the quality of teaching. achievement of pupils, and early years and sixth form provision.

Lynda Walker, lead inspector for Ofsted, paid tribute to the executive headteacher Daran Bland and other members of staff and adults connected with the school.

She said: “The executive headteacher is an exceptional leader. Together with senior staff and the governing body he has successfully built on the many strengths identified at the last inspection.”

Mr Bland said: “We are all really thrilled at the outcome of the recent Ofsted inspection.

“The school has enjoyed the status of being ‘good’ for its previous two inspections and to move to ‘outstanding’ in all areas of our work is testimony to the incredible hard work and tenacity of all staff.

“What is most striking when you walk into the school is the sense of team work, support and care that is shown by all staff towards pupils and each other. Everyone goes the extra mile.

“The report also recognises the massive contribution made by Sue Hutchinson, the school’s recently retired Head of School.

“Sue was tragically involved in a serious car accident a week before she was due to retire this Easter.

“She is still in hospital and is making slow but steady progress. Her drive and determination to improve outcomes for pupils at the school is clearly reflected in the text of the report.

“We are really well supported by our parents, the community and friends of the school. I often ask the question when evaluating the work that we do, ‘would this be good enough for one of my children?’ I can honestly say, it would be.”