Outstanding rating for special school

Gosberton House School pupils have been celebrating the 'outstanding'  Ofsted rating.
Gosberton House School pupils have been celebrating the 'outstanding' Ofsted rating.
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“DELIGHTED” pupils and staff at a special school in Gosberton are celebrating after being awarded the highest possible rating by Ofsted inspectors.

Gosberton House School has been classed as “outstanding” in all areas after being visited by inspectors Susan Lewis and Aune Turkson-Jones earlier this year.

Their findings, which were published last week, praise the “expert” teachers and “excellent” management and leadership.

Headteacher Louise Stanton said she was “delighted with the outcome” and praised staff, children, families and the local community for their support, commitment and hard work.

The school in Westhorpe Road has about 90 pupils on its roll and caters mainly for those with autistic spectrum conditions and social, communication and language difficulties.

Many pupils also have other needs, such as moderate or severe learning difficulties or medical needs.

The report states: “Pupils achieve outstandingly well, irrespective of the level or complexity of their special educational needs. Parents and carers say that their children are achieving things they never thought possible.

“They are unanimous in their praise of how well the school helps their child to learn.”

Inspectors have praised staff for how they help pupils to learn and self-manage their behaviour.

They said: “Staff have very high skills in behaviour management and know just how to encourage each individual to continue to join in and achieve.

“They work seamlessly together, and their calm encouragement is rewarded as pupils show very high levels of perseverance and respect for staff and for each other.”

The report says the school “constantly reflects on how it might do even better”.

It also recognises the work teaching staff do with the local authority in providing an outreach service to other schools.

Inspectors have asked teachers to ensure work in lessons remains challenging to improve teaching at the school further.