Ofsted rates special Bury St Edmunds school as outstanding
A special school in Bury St Edmunds has been rated outstanding by Ofsted - for the eighth time in a row.
Priory School Special Academy’s residential provision was inspected by the education watchdog last month and rated outstanding in all areas.
Ofsted’s report says young people at the Mount Road school have access to an ‘outstanding range of activities’ and make ‘exceptional progress’ in their independence skills.
“This has greatly enhanced their confidence and helps them work towards adult life with optimism and hope” states the report.
It also highlights the school’s leadership and management as ‘purposeful and forward thinking’ and says its ‘skilled’ management team prioritises the safety and welfare of young people ‘extremely well’.
Headteacher Lawrence Chapman said: “We are delighted with this report as it highlights all the great outcomes for students.
“This is especially important as this was a new framework of inspection that set the bar even higher making it more difficult to achieve the outstanding rating that we did.
“With the future of the residential provision at the school subject to possible change we feel that this is important evidence for the consultation the local authority has started.”
Michael Attwood, chair of directors, said: “We are very pleased with the report and would like to thank all the staff for their ongoing hard work, as well as that of students and parents.
“It is extremely pleasing to see the efforts of everyone formally recognised through this inspection judgement.”
The school has 23 residential beds Monday to Thursday which are accessed by about 50 students a week with most staying one or two nights.
Suffolk County Council is currently consulting on the ‘future of specialist educational provision in Suffolk’, including that at Priory School.
The consultation has been split into two parts. The first, which started Monday, is an ‘options review’ which asks people to put forward their ideas on provision for vulnerable learners while the second part, due to launch March 14, will invite comments on those options.