Ofsted praises Devon school for welcoming asylum seekers

Staff and pupils celebrate Cranbrook Education Campus's "Good" rating from Ofsted
-Credit: (Image: Ted Wragg Trust)

A Devon school where pupils are said to be "happy and safe" has impressed Ofsted. Cranbrook Education Campus was rated 'Good' in all areas by inspectors - who also praised its work to support families seeking asylum.

The inspection took place in May. A report from the education watchdog has now rated the early ages to secondary school as good in all areas, including quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, and leadership and management.

Ofsted said that “pupils are happy and safe" and added the school has "a positive atmosphere and learning is rarely disturbed". Inspectors also highlighted its range of clubs, including the mini Dukes programme for primary age youngsters to help them prepare for secondary school events such as the Exe Valley and Jurassic Coast challenges.

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Ofsted said the school accurately identifies the needs of SEND pupils and commended it for how welcoming it is to pupils from families seeking asylum, saying: "The school is proactive in welcoming pupils to the school from families seeking asylum. These actions exemplify the school’s vision to extend opportunity to its community."

The report also highlighted the school's careers programme, saying students are able to have meaningful encounters with employers and get impartial advice.

Other comments from Ofsted included:

  • Recently appointed anti-bullying ambassadors help to promote the school's culture of respecting and celebrating difference.

  • Pupils have a strong voice in the school through the pupil parliament

  • The school provides an intelligently designed curriculum for pupils' personal development, covering topics such as online safety, mental health, and relationships.

Stephen Farmer, Head of Campus, at Cranbrook Education Campus said: "I am so proud that CEC has been rated Good in all areas by Ofsted. This judgement is a testament to the hard work of all our dedicated staff, to the attitude of our pupils and the support of their families. We are a school entirely rooted in our community and we hope the opportunities we offer to our young people will transform, not just their lives but the local area."

Moira Marder, CEO of the Ted Wragg Trust, said: "Congratulations to everyone at Cranbrook Education Campus. It’s clear how hard Mr Farmer Ms Ghandi and the whole CEC team work and how much the pupils value their education.

"Everyone at the trust was particularly pleased to see the amazing work CEC have done to support families seeking asylum was recognised by Ofsted.”

The report can be read in full HERE.

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