PUPILS and staff at a Brighouse special school are jumping for joy
The reason is that Ofsted inspectors recently graded the William Henry Smith School as Outstanding (1).
The residential secondary school has been Outstanding or Excellent (the previous highest rating) ever since Ofsted introduced its modern grading system in 2005.
The Boothroyd Lane School caters for 43 boys with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, most of whom sleep there four nights a week.
In Ofsted’s Social Care Inspection, William Henry Smith was found to be outstanding in all five areas: overall effectiveness, outcomes for pupils, quality of residential provision and care, pupils’ safety and leadership and management.
Sue Ackroyd, the school’s director of pupil achievement, said: “We are very proud of the school’s achievements and look forward to continuing our work with other schools and colleges.
“A desire to constantly drive forward improvement and set challenging targets means that students reap the benefit of enhanced practice.
“Students are happy and content and our staff teams’ unequivocally positive attitude and exceptional role modelling ensures that they achieve maximum success.”
The Ofsted inspectors said:
Residential pupils thrive and become confident in social situations by taking part, alongside other pupils, in the new and exciting opportunities.
Pupils develop excellent relationships with staff and each other. They show empathy for others, accepting individuals’ needs and offering support.
Residential pupils actively enjoy the boarding experience and develop a range of skills as a direct result of the care they receive. The quality of care is excellent and is highly focused on supporting pupils to achieve maximum outcomes in line with their abilities.
Senior staff at the school are experienced and have an accurate and insightful view of progress. They are always looking to drive the quality of the provision forward.
William Henry Smith School is situated in a semi-rural location in several acres of grounds off Boothroyd Lane. It has dedicated residential houses, each with a communal lounge, dining room, kitchen and staff office downstairs and pupil bedrooms upstairs. Each pupil has his own bedroom with shared bathroom and shower.
The school has an adventure playground, all-weather sports enclosure and indoor sports hall and gym.