A SPECIAL school in Uxbridge is celebrating a clean sweep of ‘outstanding’ ratings from Ofsted.
Pield Heath House RC School, in Pield Heath Road, achieved the top grade in all the assessed criteria – achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils leadership and management, and overall effectiveness of the residential experience.
The school teaches students with learning difficulties, autism, and those with communication problems.
The inspection report, published last week, notes that “outstanding learning is the norm”, and pupils “achieve exceptionally well as a result of high quality teaching and the outstanding teamwork of all adults who work with them”, and “all pupils progress well and exceed their learning targets”.
It goes on to praise the “unbending commitment to equality”, and reads: “the school is a happy and very well-managed community with high levels of adult support and consistent routines throughout the day.
“The executive principal and her associate headteachers’ drive and determined ambition to provide the best education possible for all.”
Using technology to liven up the curriculum is the one pointer that inspectors have given the school to raise standards even more.
Pield Heath House is a non-maintained special school which means it is run independently of the local authority by the Sisters of The Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary charity, and funded on a non-profit basis.
Executive Principal, Sister Julie Rose, said: “I am extremely proud that Ofsted have rated not only the school, but also our residential house and facilities as ‘outstanding’.
“It is a fantastic endorsement of our staff, school ethos and the progress made by our students.”
The school has 66 pupils aged between seven and 19, who come from boroughs in west and north west London, including Hillingdon, Brent, Ealing, Harrow, and Westminster.
The school gained the same ringing endorsement from the school regulator following the last inspection in January 2009.