Joy as specialist Waterlooville school earns top Ofsted rating

Pupils at Hillcrest Jubilee School celebrate their uutstanding''rating from Ofsted inspectors
Pupils at Hillcrest Jubilee School celebrate their uutstanding''rating from Ofsted inspectors
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STAFF and pupils at a specialist school are celebrating after earning an outstanding Ofsted rating.

The national education watchdog declared Hillcrest Jubilee School in Waterlooville outstanding in all departments following an inspection in September.

The rating – which was announced in a full report last week – is an improvement on the organisation’s previous visit.

Inspectors declared Hillcrest Jubilee School’s overall effectiveness to be good, when they visited in July, 2014.

The school’s headteacher, Tim Rogers, said: ‘We are so proud of the result. This is testament to the hard work and commitment of our brilliant staff who work with a person-centred approach and put individuals at the centre of everything they do.’

The 22-pupil Waterlooville school is part of Outcome First Group’s Hillcrest network, which provides education and therapy for children aged eight to 16 through independent schools and homes.

As part of their time with Hillcrest, the young people are provided with welfare and support for social, emotional and mental health issues – as well as other complex needs.

In its report on the school, Ofsted said: ‘The headteacher’s vision and drive, coupled with the dedication of staff, have ensured that all pupils at the school have an excellent quality of education.’

The document also praised the positive environment teachers and pupils enjoy at the school.

It said: ‘Behaviour is exceptional. The school is a happy and calm place where pupils get on well with each other.’

Mark Birkbeck, regional head of south services for Outcome First Group, said: ‘This exceptional feedback and overall rating is absolutely fantastic.’

Hillcrest’s other provision in Hampshire includes four children’s homes in Hayling Island, Denmead and Havant.