Leadership team at a new school in Friday Bridge is strong and purposeful says Ofsted

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An independent school in Friday Bridge with 20 students has been praised for having a strong and purposeful vision with a good leadership team.

At was the first inspection by Ofsted of The Cambian Home Tree School in March Road, which was praised for being good in all areas for the education given to 12 to 18 year olds.

Mary Rayner, lead inspector, said: “The new leadership team has a strong purposeful vision for this new school that is reflected in pupils’ good social and academic development.

“The governing body provides good support to the growing leadership team.

“Due to the short duration of many pupils’ stay at the school, the range of courses offered is wide and constantly changing.


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“Skilful staff rapidly adapt their teaching and planning to meet the requirements of the different examination courses that pupils are studying.”

As a result of good teaching pupils leave the school with a range of appropriate qualifications, the report said.

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The school was told it prepares young people well for their next step in education, training or employment and transitions into and out of school are well planned to ensure their needs are quickly met.

“A well trained and capable staff team provides a varied, personalised and effectively planned curriculum,” the report said.

Staff also make sure that children are supported so that they know right from wrong and consider the feelings of others.

To improve further the school has been asked to make sure pupils get to school on time and learn well.

Head teacher Kicha Mitchell said: “The Home Tree School is such a unique setting; we are very pleased that the inspection team was quick to pick up on the dedication and commitment of the amazing staff team in providing high quality educational experiences for our pupils in order for them to achieve their personal best.

“All pupils have social, emotional and mental health difficulties and are in different stages of recovery.

“As a priority, we personalise the experiences for all pupils so that their transition and integration into our welcoming, yet structured learning environment is carefully managed.

“In addition to our outstanding academic curriculum, we work closely with parents and our multidisciplinary team to equipped pupils with requisite skills and support to manage their risks and develop social competence, resilience and independence.

“The pupils are very appreciative of the wide range of opportunities and support we provide and show high levels of respect for staff, peers and the environment.

“We are very proud of what we have achieved so far and will not waver in our enthusiasm and passion to drive continuous improvement across all areas of practice at Cambian Home Tree School.”

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