‘Outstanding’ result for Springhead pupils

Outstanding Ofsted celebrations ...Deputy Head Jan Johnson celebrates with staff and pupils. pic Richard Ponter 143923
Outstanding Ofsted celebrations ...Deputy Head Jan Johnson celebrates with staff and pupils. pic Richard Ponter 143923

Staff and pupils at Springhead School in Scarborough are celebrating after the school was judged as “outstanding” by Ofsted inspectors.

The recent report says the school is a place where pupils’ “spiritual, moral, social and cultural development flourishes”.

Headteacher Debbie Wilson was praised by inspectors for her “uncompromising” focus on continuous improvement.

She said: “We have all worked our socks off for 20 months, but it has been worth it in the end.

“I was delighted that Ofsted said that our pupils ‘flourish’ at Springhead School. This means that they thrive, prosper, do well and grow – exactly what we hope to achieve beyond simple assessment scores.

“I would like to thank everyone associated with the school for their hard work, but even more for their unwavering confidence in the school as we have worked towards becoming an outstanding special school once again.”

Inspectors also said that regardless of their starting point, pupils make good if not outstanding progress and attain many awards by the time they leave school “celebrating their excellent achievements”.

Springhead School is a special school for pupils aged two to 19 years with a wide range of learning needs including severe learning difficulties and profound and multiple learning difficulties through to those with autism and complex medical needs.

At its last inspection just over a year ago the school was judged as requiring improvement and has therefore made swift and effective progress.

Inspirational leadership from the head and deputy head along with an experienced and highly committed governing body has ensured that all pupils receive the best possible education and care.

As a big thank you to everybody for the Ofsted success, a fish and chip lunch from local shops was served in a marquee while local DJ Ashley George and Jelly Roll Jazz Band provided music and dancing.

Pupils, staff, parents, local authority, governors and members of the wider community were all invited,

So much of the teaching in the school, inspectors stated in the report, is now outstanding and teachers have a passion for providing exciting lessons.

For example, a beach hut was used as an outside classroom for a group of primary age pupils to develop their problem solving skills and understanding of mathematical concepts. Inspectors also stated that pupils’ behaviour is “impeccable” and that they are friendly and kind to one another.