Island special school highly praised by Ofsted inspectors

Students from St George's School celebrating the good news. <i>(Image: St George's School)</i>
Students from St George's School celebrating the good news. (Image: St George's School)

A SPECIAL school on the Isle of Wight supports pupils with complex and severe needs 'extremely well', a government schools inspector has said.

St George's School, in Newport, has maintained its 'Good' Ofsted rating.

Headteacher Steff Gleeson, said it was a great achievement.

The education watchdog, at an inspection last year, found pupils had an 'extremely positive' relationship with staff and as a result, they feel safe, secure, well looked after and prepared for the future.

The secondary school was last inspected in 2016 and has maintained its rating despite significant leadership changes including a new headteacher, deputy head and Key Stage Five leader.

Ms Gleeson said staff had worked incredibly hard to achieve the rating and were relentless in pursuing positive outcomes for the young people who attend the school.

Inspectors noted leaders and staff were highly ambitious for St George's pupils and build a clear picture of what each pupil needs, meaning they can design learning that is highly personalised and engages pupils extremely well.

They also said staff work well together to ensure pupils' behaviour and attitudes are positive as well and pupils themselves encourage others to behave positively and follow school rules.

When pupils get angry, frustrated or behave inappropriately, inspectors said staff are extremely skilled in knowing how to manage these situations with success and keeping pupils safe is at the heart of what leaders and staff do.

Inspectors identified two areas that could be improved including the school's assessment system which was not as refined or consistent as leaders would have liked.

They said it creates unnecessary workloads for leaders and staff.

The other area, inspectors said, was the governors do not hold leaders to account rigorously enough and the questions they ask do not challenge leaders enough.