Good rating for special school

Published Tuesday, 17th April 2018
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A school that teaches young people with social, emotional and mental health needs has been rated as being “good” by inspectors.

The Rowan Centre, one of Rotherham’s Pupil Referral Units (PRU), has once again been rated as “good” in all areas, with an “outstanding” accolade rating for pupil behaviour, a new Ofsted report has revealed.

When the provision was last inspected in 2012 it was judged as “good” overall. The latest report shows the school has maintained good leadership and management, quality of teaching, personal development and behaviour of pupils as well as pupil outcomes.

Plans to build on this are already in place to increase the work done and build the reputation even further.

Head teacher Vicky Woodrow said: “We are all delighted with this positive report and glad that the work we have done to maintain and enhance the work we are doing here has been recognised in this way.

“We have a fantastic team of dedicated staff who care passionately about our young people and this was picked up by the inspectors.

“However, we are not going to rest on our laurels. There is still more work to do, as outlined by inspectors, and this is something we are already working on changing.”

Ian Thomas, Strategic Director of Children and Young People’s Services at Rotherham Council added: “Well done to all at Rowan Centre PRU. This is not an easy achievement to have gained especially as pupils numbers have almost doubled since the last inspection was carried out. We are delighted for staff with this outcome, which I am sure will be welcomed by parents, carers and pupils alike.

“It is crucial the students at our PRUs receive the high-quality education they deserve. This is part of our commitment to giving every child the best start in life.”

The Rotherham Council-run school, which had 43 pupils aged between five and 16 at the time of the inspection, educates pupils with identified social, emotional and mental health needs. Most pupils have an education health care plan, and many are from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The report says: “Leaders and staff share a common purpose to provide the very best for their pupils. Together, they have built a strong culture of respect and appreciation of each other. Leaders have high ambitions and expectations for all of their pupils. This is echoed by staff and pupils.”

Inspectors added the head teacher leads the school “very effectively with a clear vision and ambition” and that staff, pupils and the Council share and support her vision.

Areas to work on include making sure staff improve their subject knowledge to achieve consistency across all subjects and ensuring teachers provide more mathematical challenge for pupils. The quality of leadership and management can improve by increasing the effectiveness of middle leadership to support the head to improve the school further and making sure all staff are accountable for the work they do towards school improvement, say inspectors. They also called for more challenge from the Governing body.

Read the full Ofsted report