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School's delight over Ofsted report

PUBLISHED: 10:35 06 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:22 05 July 2010

THE Ashley School in Lowestoft has received a glowing Ofsted report with inspectors finding outstanding care in four of the five criteria.

The visit concentrated particularly on the boarding part of the school in Ashley Downs, which accommodates 29 children in two fully equipped houses for a maximum of four nights a

week.

THE Ashley School in Lowestoft has received a glowing Ofsted report with inspectors finding outstanding care in four of the five criteria.

The visit concentrated particularly on the boarding part of the school in Ashley Downs, which accommodates 29 children in two fully equipped houses for a maximum of four nights a

week.

During the inspection the school was judged to be outstanding in helping children to be healthy with their advice, guidance and support on a wide range of health and personal care issues.

Qualified first aid staff are always available and the community paediatrician holds regular clinics at the school for children and families. There was also praise for the healthy and balanced diet children receive.

Inspectors noted that children's privacy is respected and information about them is handled sensitively, while individual risk assessments identify potential conflicts, which are linked to handling strategies and the setting of targets.

The report said: “Interactions between staff and children were seen to be genuinely caring and supportive. Suitable procedures are in place for the recruitment and checking of staff. Small groups of pupils are involved in the school's recruitment process by conducting tours of the school and talking to candidates.”

The school has a nurture group and a pupil and family support team as well as good inter agency links with health and social care professionals.

Children are also asked to make decisions about their lives and to contribute to the running of the houses and school.

Inspectors said: “Boarders are provided with a good standard of accommodation, which is well maintained and decorate. Staff work hard to provide children with a welcoming environment and encourage the photographic display of children's celebrations and achievements.”

Headteacher Lorraine Dupen said they were all delighted that the hard work of staff had been recognised.

“The quality of boarding at The Ashley School is outstanding in the four areas of being healthy, staying safe, enjoying and achieving and making a positive contribution with economic wellbeing judged as good. There is strong leadership and a commitment to continuous improvement to enhance the outcomes for pupils across the school,” she said

Dale Gowen, chairman of governors added: “I am proud that the school is offering such a high standard of care to youngsters in the Lowestoft area.”

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