Head’s delight as school wins inspectors’ praise

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STAFF and pupils at a Sheffield special school are celebrating after being praised by Ofsted inspectors.

Becton School on Sevenaires Road, Beighton, was rated ‘good’ in its latest inspection, while pupils’ behaviour at the community special school was hailed as ‘outstanding’.

In her report, lead inspector Pauline Hilling-Smith said: “This is a good school because the majority of students are making good progress in English, maths and other subjects by the time they leave.

“Teaching is good overall and sometimes outstanding. Leadership and management are good.

“Behaviour is outstanding, because staff know students well and are skilful in achieving the correct balance of learning and therapy in lessons. This means instances of inappropriate behaviour are rare.”

However, the school was urged to ensure all teaching is good or better by ‘ensuring students always know their learning target, assessing and recording progress by each student and also sharing this information with the pupils, so they know how well they are doing and how to improve’.

The school offers specialist care for young people needing child and adolescent mental health services. It currently has 77 pupils, aged 12 to 18.

It moved to its present site in 2010, from premises at the Northern General Hospital.

Wendy Dudley has worked at the school for 23 years and been headteacher for the last 11.

She said the whole school was ‘absolutely delighted’ with the report.

Mrs Dudley said: “I am very pleased with it.

“It’s a reflection of a lot of hard work.

“We have got quite a few new staff and it’s nice to bring those staff on and raise standards in the school.”