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Orchard Manor School Ofsted outcome

Orchard Manor school achieves 'Good' rating with 'Outstanding' behaviours and attitudes in recent OFSTED report

Orchard Manor School, a member of the Special Partnership Trust, is celebrating a recent Ofsted inspection that awarded the school an overall rating of 'Good' with 'Outstanding' behaviours and attitudes.

The report highlighted the unanimous agreement among pupils, parents, carers, staff, and leadership that Orchard Manor is a school where pupils flourish and thrive, even in the face of significant changes since the last inspection. The school's values are central to creating an environment where pupils learn and develop towards successful and aspirational futures.

Nicola Jones, Headteacher of Orchard Manor School, expressed her pride in the school's achievements: "This recognition is a testament to the dedication of our staff and the resilience of our pupils. Orchard Manor is not just a place of learning but a community where every individual is supported to achieve their best socially, emotionally, and academically. We are thrilled with the 'Good' rating and the acknowledgement of the outstanding behaviours and attitudes that define our school."

Maggie Carter, Chair of Local Governing Body, ' On behalf of the Local Governing Board I want to add our congratulations and appreciation to all of you for a fantastic OFSTED outcome . Having been involved with the school since 2018 I am so proud to see the fruits of all your hard work - and in particular to see the young people having great experiences. So - congratulations on OFSTED - but more importantly thank you for the difference you make to pupil's lives every day'.

The report emphasised the school's success in creating a calm and motivating environment, where pupils are tolerant, respectful, and feel safe. The strong relationships between staff and pupils were highlighted as a key factor in nurturing a positive atmosphere. Pupils are encouraged to express their views successfully, equipped with effective communication approaches and confidence.

Guy Chappell, CEO of the Special Partnership Trust, commended the school's achievements: "Orchard Manor's journey through a period of change has been inspiring. The school has maximised its stability, overhauling its culture and values to better meet the diverse range of special educational needs and disabilities of its pupils. The collaborative efforts across attendance, safeguarding, and behaviour have combined to transform the school and we know this is just the start of the journey Nicola and her team are on."

The report recognised the school's strengths in pupils' wider development, establishment of rich opportunities, and experiences crucial for social and emotional growth. It also noted the well-considered curriculum and the success in subjects like English, maths, PE, and PSHE. The post-16 provision was praised for providing students with a bespoke vocational and life skills-based curriculum.

Orchard Manor School remains committed to enhancing the learning experience for students, dedicated to providing a supportive and enriching environment, and ensuring students are well-prepared for successful and fulfilling futures.