The Surrey school rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted where pupils show 'exemplary behaviour'

Pupils outside the school
-Credit: (Image: Fox Grove School)

An academy in Leatherhead has been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted inspectors. Fox Grove on Kingston Road received praise in all areas including the behaviour of pupils and quality of education.

Fox Grove is a special school that takes boys and girls from four to nineteen. Inspectors described it as an “an inspirational place where pupils, at all stages of their school life, thrive, both socially and academically.”

Other areas that were highlighted by inspectors include the behaviour of pupils where inspectors said: “Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. Pupils demonstrate an exceptional sense of belonging, pride and self-worth, understanding the overwhelmingly positive contribution that they make to their community.”

It adds: "The school is ambitious for every pupil. Through the exceptionally strong and trusting relationships with staff, pupils relish their learning across a breadth of subjects. As a result, pupils learn how to communicate their feelings and ideas very well. Children in the early years respond enthusiastically to stories. Students in the sixth form enjoy developing the skills they need for a successful life beyond school."

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Pupils in school garden
Pupil behaviour was prasied as well as the ciriculum and parent teacher relationships -Credit:Fox Grove School

Fox Grove is part of The Howard Partnership Trust where pupils are taught in class sizes of six to nine. The school is set up to meet the needs of pupils with significant barriers to learning, such as autism with learning difficulties, medical issues or communication needs.

Staff knowledge about educational needs was also highlighted by inspectors, with the report stating that “Staff are highly knowledgeable about the specific educational and personal needs of pupils. This results in every pupil progressing through an expertly designed curriculum that focuses on helping them to grow their love of learning.”

OFSTED also felt that the curriculum had been meticulously designed to provide pupils with the skills and knowledge they need. This includes essential communication, reading and numeracy skills.

Another key area of the report was focused on the relationship between teachers and parents. Here inspectors said; “regular contact between key staff and parents means that support for pupils is seamless between the school and home. The result is that everyone understands the importance of being at school. When needed, staff support parents to establish routines at home, such as with sleeping and attending medical appointments. Parents appreciate this partnership.”

Marie O'Rourke, Principal of Fox Grove, says, “We’re proud of the inclusive, inspiring and nurturing community that our school has grown to be. Each of our pupils matters to us and every member of staff is committed to helping them feel valued. We’re pleased that Ofsted has recognised that Fox Grove is a place where every pupil can grow their love of learning and gain the confidence to tackle any challenges they face.”

The report also praises The Howard Partnership Trust, noting how they “provide expertise and support in equal measure. They share the same vision of enabling pupils to flourish in their learning in preparation for life after education.” You can read the full Ofsted report here.

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