Midlands specialist school, Arc School Old Arley is celebrating the results of its latest inspection by regulator Ofsted.
The school, near Nuneaton, was praised by inspectors who found the focus on pupils’ personal development and welfare was “outstanding” and gave the school an overall “Good” rating.
The school supports children with social and emotional difficulties and those who need extra support to engage in education.
Inspectors praised the “inspiring” curriculum and the “outstanding progress” pupils make in their personal development and behaviour and said that pupils feel safe at the school, which helps them settle. Parents, it noted, “greatly value the school’s work in making such a difference to their children’s behaviour and confidence”.
Some comments from parents which were noted in the report included: “They have listened to me and listened to my child,” and “My child’s attitude has changed. He is academically engaged.”
The teaching, learning and behavioural support skills of the team at the school all ensure, the report stated, that pupils make good progress and noted the “happy learning atmosphere”.
The report noted that the team at Old Arley have created a “powerful communication-friendly environment based on trust, respect and mutual understanding. As a result, pupils are able to settle to learning, often after long periods of absence from other schools. After poor experiences of education in other schools, they begin to realise that the staff in this school are very willing to listen and want them to do well.”
Inspectors also noted that the confidence of pupils grows and that all pupils spoken to said that they love the school because the new headteacher has made great changes that have had a significant effect on their daily lives.
The therapy dogs used within the school were noted as being “extremely beneficial to pupils with anxiety and other emotional issues and are key to the development of empathy among the pupils.”
Head Teacher Victoria Bates said: “We welcome this report from Ofsted and the findings they have noted following their visit to our school. As a team we’re always so proud of the achievements the children at the school make and are thrilled they have been recognised in this way.
“Our aim here is to provide all students with the tools they will need to be successful in life and to reach their full potential, both academically and on a personal and social level. Their progress is something we’re extremely proud of and is always celebrated. We’re delighted that comments from parents have acknowledged the positive changes they have seen as a result of the hard work and determination of the staff to ensure that every child has opportunity to succeed. We will continue to ensure that we prepare the young people for moving towards adulthood and independence through continued whole school development.”