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Leicester’s Hospitals hospital school judged “outstanding” by Ofsted
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Press release date11/09/2017
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The Children’s Hospital School, in Leicester, has been judged “outstanding” by Ofsted inspectors.
The school provides education for pupils (aged 3-19) too ill to attend their school and is based at three sites: Leicester Royal Infirmary for patients on children’s wards; Willowbank School in Leicester City; Coalville Community Hospital and also includes an Outreach Team. It was rated “good” when inspected in 2013.
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In its most recent report, inspectors said head teacher Stephen Deadman was a “dedicated visionary leader” who had helped to create an aspirational learning culture.


Mr Deadman said he was “thrilled” by the report, adding it was down to the hard work of staff who were willing to go “above and beyond” to support pupils in their learning.


Inspectors also said pupils made “substantial progress” across the curriculum and towards their personal targets. They said “extremely effective programmes of support underpinned the school’s work” and highly positive working relationships with parents ensured pupils progressed.


In addition, the report by Ofsted said staff had a secure knowledge of their subjects and used resources to great effect.  They added the curriculum was “exciting and wide-ranging” with “topics, enrichment activities and special events that stimulated curiosity and special events that stimulated curiosity and promoted pupils’ interest in learning.”


Mr Deadman commented “We have done a lot of work over the past few years and there have been lots of positive changes.  Inspectors were overwhelmed by the quality of the teaching and lessons we delivered.  


We are extremely proud of this report as it recognises the hard work and dedication of all staff across the school. We have a fantastic team who often go ‘above and beyond’ to support children with medical needs across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. 

The quality of education and pastoral care was a very positive theme throughout the report. The culture of professionalism and high expectations was praised by the inspectors and a good example is that the team are already looking at how we can develop the school further, particularly at a time when referrals to our school are increasing.


Comments from parents, included in the report:


One parent said, ‘I could not have dreamed how happy and successful my son would be at the school. The staff are amazing angels in disguise, every one of them.’ (page 4 of report.


Parents say their children feel happy and safe at school. (page 5 of report)


Another said, ‘The staff clearly have exceptional empathy for the children they teach and care for. The pastoral support is outstanding.’ (page 6 of report)


One pupil said, ‘This school really makes a difference.’ (page 6 of report)


Mr Deadman concluded “I was also very pleased that inspectors noted the culture of the school and the enthusiasm that staff has, with everyone pulling together.  As the head teacher, it’s an absolute pleasure to work here.”


ENDS


Contact information:
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Clare Maddison
Communications Officer
Tel. 0116 258 8718
clare.maddison@uhl-tr.nhs.uk
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6445
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