Inspectors impressed by 'exceptional' staff at Baytree School
PUBLISHED: 18:00 06 May 2017
A Weston-super-Mare school which specialises in educating young people with severe learning difficulties has been praised by education watchdog Ofsted and has retained its 'good' rating.
Ofsted carried out a short inspection of Baytree School, which is at The Campus in Highlands Lane, Locking Castle, in March.
It has since written a letter to acting headteacher Edward Bowen-Roberts praising the ‘utter determination’ of staff to provide a ‘high-quality’ education for all of the school’s students.
The school is trying to recruit a permanent headteacher, as Mr Bowen-Roberts has been acting headteacher since January this year.
The Ofsted short inspection letter to Mr Bowen-Roberts says he has quickly established himself as an effective leader and has gained the respect of staff and parents.
It adds: “Staff share your passion and determination to drive forward improvements and to provide the very best quality of care and education for all pupils.
“You and your staff constantly research and reflect on ways to improve the quality of provision you provide for each individual pupil to ensure they make the best possible progress.
“Fundamental to the effectiveness of your school is the utter determination of staff to ensure that pupils receive high-quality learning opportunities and the very best experiences.”
Inspectors spoke to parents who have children at the school, who described it as ‘amazing’ and praised the passion of its staff.
The letter adds: “Adults build exceptional relationships with pupils and their families.
“These contribute very effectively to both the strong progress pupils make and their well-being.
“Parents are overwhelmingly positive about the quality of care and education their children receive.”
The report praised activities staged on at the school, including its garden, where pupils were seen preparing beds for growing produce, and its painting shed.
The letter says students were excited by the projects and engrossed in the activities they took part in.
It adds: “Acquiring such skills is preparing pupils well for their future.”