We are delighted to have once again received a grading of GOOD from Ofsted following their inspection of our Residential Care.
Ofsted remarked upon our holistic approach, noting in their final report that “Kindness and helping others are the qualities promoted. Young people enjoy their time here. They feel safe, and benefit from structure and routine. They are supported to develop at a pace that suits them”
Parents are very satisfied with the quality of care provided, making comments such as, “I can’t speak highly enough of this school’ and “dedicated and committed staff provide a holistic approach”
The report highlighted the emphasis placed on creative learning and the way in which the young people in our care are supported and encouraged to master vocational and life skills. There was recognition too of the way in which healthy living is promoted within the Houses through exercise and diet.
“The ethos of the school is based on the therapeutic principles of Rudolph Steiner. Young people and staff recite a verse by candlelight each day and grace is said before mealtimes. Young people benefit from the calming influence that these collective moments of quiet reflection produce.” (Inspector’s Report, March 2016)
There was also acknowledgement of the important work done by Therapists alongside Care and Education staff, as well as the benefits derived from our core principles as a Steiner School.
As well as considering the practical side, Inspectors also scrutinised other aspects of Care such as Safeguarding, staffing levels and recruitment, structure and daily routines, de-escalation techniques, Health and Safety, First Aid, Anti-Bullying, development plans, compliance and record keeping. They noted that there is a good understanding amongst staff of the need for sensitivity in the transition of young people who are new to residential life, ensuring that their experience of moving into a residential home is positive.
The Ofsted reports can be downloaded below: