Celebrations as inspectors praise school

Giving the thumbs-up for a good OFSTED report, Larissa Brown (12), teacher Matthew Hanlon, Jack Bradbury (12), Jordan Fitzgerald (12), head teacher Chris Stoner, Charlotte Bayliss (12) and, Lewis Winson (12)  during a Technology class.
Giving the thumbs-up for a good OFSTED report, Larissa Brown (12), teacher Matthew Hanlon, Jack Bradbury (12), Jordan Fitzgerald (12), head teacher Chris Stoner, Charlotte Bayliss (12) and, Lewis Winson (12) during a Technology class.
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A school has been praised by Ofsted inspectors who say it prepares students well for their next stage of education.

Baycroft School caters for pupils aged between 11 and 16 who have moderate learning difficulties.

In an inspection last month, it was graded as good in all areas.

Inspectors said that parents and carers, students and staff are proud of Baycroft, which is a happy school that prepares students well.

Students achieve well and make good progress from their starting points in English and maths.

Adults provide high levels of care and support so that students who are new to the school quickly settle.

Headteacher Chris Toner said: ‘We were very pleased.

‘The staff, students, governors and parents have put in a great deal of work since the last Ofsted inspection.

‘The students showed their motivation.

‘The journey of the last three years has been a community journey, not just about students and staff, but everybody.

‘It’s a happy school. We do prepare them well for moving on.

‘They’re happy to come in to learn.

‘The staff worked exceptionally hard.

‘They care about the students’ achievement.’

To improve further, inspectors said that the school needs to raise its achievement in writing.

The quality of teaching also needs to be improved so that more of it is outstanding.

‘We have had staff training on literacy across the curriculum,’ added Ms Toner.

‘We expect that to be embedded by this year.

‘We are looking next at how we move the students more quickly through that work, while ensuring they can demonstrate that they have mastered the skill and knowledge that they need to move on.

‘With the staff we have got we will be outstanding.’