‘PUPILS love coming to this school. They work hard to succeed, and they make friendships’ – those were the words of the Ofsted inspectors who awarded Bromsgrove’s Chadsgrove School its third ‘Outstanding’ in a row.
The top marks came after an inspection on March 3 and 4.
In their reports the inspectors described Chadsgrove as a ‘wonderful, exciting and inspiring place for pupils to learn’.
They added: “As soon as pupils arrive at school, they are greeted by a highly dedicated staff team and are welcomed into a vibrant environment where their successes are celebrated.
“Communication is at the heart of everything the staff does. Staff place huge importance on helping pupils communicate well.
“From speech technology, through to communication boards, pupils have the tools they need to be understood.”
They delighted in seeing how pupils work as ‘learning detectives’ alongside the leaders, visiting the classes together and continuously reflecting how well the school is doing.
“They want the school to be the best it can be, and, because of their determination, it is.”
Other highlights in the report were how overwhelmingly positive the staff were about working in the school and the fact the team were proud of how exceptionally well led and managed it was – the inspectors and parents agreed.
Inspectors said pupils’ behaviour in school was exemplary – the children were adamant about that and made sure bullying did not happen.
Leaders had developed a well sequenced curriculum in every subject and had carefully matched it to what pupils needed.
Staff encouraged pupils to aim high, and they provided the support pupils needed to achieve those ambitions.
The school was praised across the board – from the early years provision which gave students an exceptional start to the ‘excellent’ sixth form which offered students with a broad curriculum.
There were fantastic relationships between all the staff and children which enabled pupils to trust those teaching them and feel safe while at school.
Pupils with the most complex needs were highly motivated and engaged by the super books and stories that teachers had written for them. Inspectors saw staff reading those books with imagination and creativity. Teachers used sounds, smells and touch in an engaging and animated way to bring books to life.
Headteacher Deb Rattley said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been recognised as being an ‘outstanding’ school for the third time in succession.
“There is a strong ongoing commitment to excellence throughout the school and we constantly strive to provide education and care of the highest standard.
“I am immensely proud of all of the pupils, staff, families and Governors and would like to congratulate them all on this superb achievement and thank them all for their commitment to our school.”