Pupils flourish at inspirational school

18 May 2020

An Ofsted inspection has praised Carlton Digby School in Nottinghamshire as “a highly effective, inspirational school where pupils flourish.”

The inspection in March 2020 rated the school ‘outstanding’ in every area and commented on strong leadership, an ambitious curriculum that met pupils’ needs and a positive relationship between pupils and staff.

The school, which provides education for learners with severe, profound and complex learning difficulties aged between 3-18 years, was praised for planning a range of activities that motivate and interest pupils and help them to understand their daily lives, such as visiting shops and cafes and using their maths skills to calculate money.

Inspectors recognised leaders played an important role in preparing pupils for the future and highlighted meeting with potential employers and internships as two excellent examples.

Parents' and carers' views were also included in the report with many acknowledging that their child was not just progressing academically, but they’d seen huge strides in their social skills and self-care development.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s service director for education, Marion Clay, congratulated the head teacher, staff, parents and pupils for playing their part in an excellent Ofsted inspection.

Headteacher Janet Spratt-Burch added: “We achieved this Outstanding rating as a result of the dedication, hard work and commitment of the entire staff team, our amazing young people and the support of their parents and carers. This recognition from Ofsted is credit to our school community and endorses the work that goes on all year round. 

“We are proud to be recognised as providing high quality education that young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities deserve.”

Councillor Philip Owen, Chairman of Children and Young People’s Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “This is a wonderful report that recognises the strength and determination of the leadership team and staff. They are determined that pupils succeed, and the pupils should be proud of their part in gaining this outstanding result thanks to their excellent behaviour and attitude to learning.”


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