Outstanding report for Ravenshall

Issue 613

A SCHOOL in Thornhill Lees for disabled children is the latest in the area to be rated as outstanding.

Ravenshall School, which has 171 pupils with moderate to severe learning difficulties, stepped up from ‘good’ in a new report.

The Ravensthorpe Road establishment joins schools like Batley Girls’ High and Mirfield Free Grammar with the top rating.

Pupil achievement and behaviour and the quality of teaching and leadership all gained perfect marks.

And unusually for Ofsted Ravenshall was not criticised, with only English regarded as needing any further improvement.

The report said: “The outstanding skills of the headteacher and the leadership team have moved the school on.”

Ravenshall cares for children aged four to 16, and staff are currently piloting a sixth form for up to 21 students.

Some pupils have complex needs, including sensory and physical disabilities or autistic spectrum disorders.

Ofsted’s report show they all make excellent progress thanks to a “relentless” focus on standards.

But that does not come at the cost of enjoyment, with pupils quoted by Ofsted as saying learning is fun and different every day.

Governors were hailed too for guarding against problems and for having close links with individual classes.

The report said: “The curriculum is outstanding and offers an exceptionally wide and very rich variety of opportunities and experiences.

“Teaching is monitored frequently and the headteacher is highly effective in taking action to improve any areas of weakness.

“As a result the quality of teaching has improved from good to outstanding since the previous inspection.”

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