The Croft's Outstanding Ofsted Report

The Croft School is part of the Pilgrim Pupil Referral Unit at the Ida Darwin Hospital, Fulbourn. In its latest Oftsed assessment the school achieved an outstanding rating. The inspectors commented:

‘Outstanding teaching ensures that pupils’ achievements are also outstanding. Excellent care, guidance and support and first-class promotion of safeguarding enables pupils to stay extremely safe and ensures their outstanding behaviour. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is also outstanding and reflected in rapid improvements in self-esteem and self-confidence. Excellent engagement with parents and outstanding partnerships with medical staff and local schools have a very positive impact on pupils’ well-being and achievement. Parents are pleased with the provision: they are very complimentary about staff and fully appreciate the continuing education provided. Good leadership and management, excellent liaison with medical staff and the expertise of staff have enabled high quality provision to be maintained since the last inspection.

Attainment varies from one group to the next and at the time of this inspection it was above average. All groups of pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities and the more-able pupils, make at least good and often outstanding progress in lessons. This leads to their outstanding achievement because of the outstanding support provided and high expectations for their learning. ‘

The lead inspector, Declan McCarthy made the following comments in a letter to Croft pupils on 11 September 2011:

‘We were very impressed with the excellent progress you are making in your learning and with your outstanding behaviour and relationship with one another. We read many letters written by pupils who had left which reflected your own views and those of your parents that the unit provides you with an outstanding education.

Excellent teaching enables you to make outstanding progress in lessons. You have an excellent understanding of how to stay safe, which is promoted really well through the outstanding care, guidance and support you receive. Your spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding and, together with your outstanding achievement, your preparation for the next stage of your lives is excellent. The unit is well managed and leadership of the sixth form is outstanding.
There are two things we have suggested to help your unit to further improve. First, staff need to make better use the good information they have recorded about the progress you are making to form a view of how your achievements are overall. Second, the local authority should provide more support for the unit in establishing a management committee to oversee how well it is improving and in helping the unit to ensure that it makes use of every available space for teaching, particularly if numbers increase.
You can help by continuing to try your best and informing staff if you feel uncomfortable at your desks. Thank you again for sharing your views with us.’

You can find the full Croft report through this link: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/134765.

The page was last updated on 13 February 2014 by richard.

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