The Phoenix Special School Good Ofsted

Head teacher Rachel Stirland with her pupils at Phoenix Special School

Pupils and parents are rejoicing at news their school has been judged good by Ofsted following its recent inspection.

Inspectors visited The Phoenix Special School last month for their first examination in two years.

Their report, published this week declared the school to be good across all areas and said:

“The headteacher provides clear and decisive leadership and has high expectations for pupils. She has successfully moved the school forward, supported by staff and governors.”

“Staff have worked hard to quicken progress and improve outcomes for pupils since the last inspection. This is now a good school and it is improving rapidly.”

Headteacher, Rachel Stirland was “delighted” with the result, stating;

“This is a very positive report. It’s testament to the incredible hard work that the whole school community – staff, governors, parents and, of course, the pupils have put in to making The Phoenix Special School the fantastic school that it clearly is.”

Coun Imran Khan, Executive Member for Education, Employment and Skills, said:

“This is a great achievement for The Phoenix Special School and one of which they are rightly proud. Congratulations to all who have worked so hard to bring about this positive outcome and achievement.”
Other comments in the report include:

  • Pupils show positive attitudes to learning. They work hard, enjoy being challenged and produce work they are proud of. Pupils’ communication, literacy and numeracy skills are improving rapidly across all subjects and groups.
  • Teachers and support staff are committed to ensuring pupils achieve the best they can and they have high expectations of pupils. They have worked hard to improve since the last inspection and teaching is now good.
  • Pupils’ care, welfare and safety is paramount and staff are well trained. They know how to help pupils who need additional support and are effective in providing it.

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