Hat-trick of “Outstanding” for Wings School Notts
Specialist residential school Wings School Notts is celebrating a fantastic “hat-trick” of success after being rated as Outstanding for its care provision for the third time in a row by regulator Ofsted.
Inspectors who visited the school said they had rated Wings Notts as Outstanding in all areas and found that young people there, many of whom have very complex needs, make significant progress as a result of the care and support they receive at Wings.
They found the in-house clinical team, teaching staff and care staff worked “extremely well” together to improve outcomes in all aspects of young people’s lives.
Inspectors said that one young person’s social worker commented to them: “He is a very different young man to what he was before he started at this home. He has reverted to the person we used to know, who is doing well in school and being involved in things,” while another added: “My young person has made significant progress in all areas of her development.”
The input of the school’s clinical psychologist was described as a “vital component of the comprehensive package of care” provided at Wings Notts where young people’s health needs are “exceptionally well met” through the work of the school’s nurse who, the report noted, provided “excellent oversight”.
Inspectors found many young people who had poor educational experiences before coming Wings Notts now all attend school and their attainment was good, which was, for some, a significant achievement.
Positive experiences were also found to be a significant feature of the school’s success. Inspectors found the regular activities in the community and further afield, such as to Paris, offered young new and exciting opportunities and experiences, many of which they had not experienced before.
One young person told inspectors: “The best things about here is going out to loads of places,” while another added: “Thank you for helping me be the best I could be. I’ve completely changed thanks to you guys.”
The school provides residential and day education and care for young people aged between 9 and 17 and who have social, emotional and mental health challenges. Pupils can be supported at the school on a daily, 38 or 52-week basis. The school also provides additional clinical support including clinical and educational psychology. occupational therapy and speech and language therapy.
School Principal Andrew Cutts-McKay said: "We are of course delighted that the inspectors have rated the care we provide here at Wings School Notts to be outstanding for the third time in a row. It reflects the hard work and commitment, not just of the staff, but of the young people themselves.”
Lee Reed, Chief Operating Officer at Kedleston Group, which owns and operates several specialist day and residential schools including Wings School Notts, said: “This fantastic achievement by the team at Wings School Notts is testament to the dedication they all show in supporting the young people at the school to make progress and achieve their potential, giving them the best chance of success when they move from Wings into the wider world."
Andrew Cutts-Mckay, Principal
Fay Shelton, Registered Manager