TreeHouse School receives ‘outstanding’ rating in Ofsted inspection

Julie Sullivan and Lorraine Petersen

TreeHouse School has been rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. TreeHouse School is one of the first special schools inspected under Ofsted’s new and more intensive inspection process, which began in September 2012. It was rated as outstanding across the board based on four key elements of TreeHouse School’s work:

  • achievement of pupils
  • quality of teaching
  • behaviour and safety of pupils, and
  • leadership and management.

When TreeHouse School was previously inspected in 2009 it achieved a rating of ‘good’. After this inspection, which took place in October 2012, Ofsted inspectors concluded:

“The passion, commitment and skills of the school team are highly effective in creating an outstanding school. Pupils make outstanding progress because the teaching team has a consistent, persistent, calm and methodical approach to setting challenges for individuals.”

The Ofsted inspectors also praised TreeHouse School’s sixth form and commitment to providing vocational skills: “The sixth form is outstanding. Pupils are given an exceptional experience that prepares them very well for the future challenges in life.”

Dr Julie O’Sullivan, Headteacher of TreeHouse School, said: “Everyone at TreeHouse School is delighted that our efforts to support and nurture children with autism to learn, thrive and achieve have been assessed as outstanding by Ofsted. We work extremely hard to ensure that our pupils’ needs are met and their progress is continually supported. I would like to sincerely thank all staff for their outstanding efforts.”

Lorraine Petersen OBE, Chair of School Governing said: “Achieving an ‘outstanding’ inspection rating from Ofsted is an amazing achievement. The new inspection regime is more rigorous and TreeHouse School’s ability to achieve the highest rating is a testament to all the hard work, commitment and dedication of all the school staff.”

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