Specialist residential school Wings School Nottingham is celebrating its care provision receiving a fantastic four-in-a-row Outstanding rating from Ofsted.
Inspectors found the school’s care was ‘outstanding’ in all areas including children’s experience and progress, how well they are helped and protected and the effectiveness of Wings Notts’ leaders and managers.
Children at the school, inspectors said, made “exceptional progress” due to the coordinated support they receive from care, education and clinical staff.
One student told inspectors: “The staff really want to help me. They have done lots of work with me over the past year and I feel that I have made massive improvements in all areas of my life.”
A social worker with a child placed at Wings Notts said: “I am so impressed with the progress my child has made. He looks fantastic and is so different.” Another said: “He is transformed.”
Inspectors noted that children’s physical and emotional health improves significantly while they were at the school and their educational attainment was given extensive praise in their report.
It noted: “Children, many of whom had poor educational attendance prior to coming to this home, make good, and in some cases exceptional progress educationally. Attendance is excellent, and most of the children’s attainment is better than expected.
“Children who previously did not attend school and who presented significant challenges are now expected to get GCSEs. This progress significantly enhances their life chances. Children are now ambitious for their futures, they have plans for further education and employment and they are justifiably proud of their achievements.”
The young people were also, the report noted, “significantly safer” as a result of living at Wings School Notts and positive experiences were found to be a significant feature of the school’s success. Inspectors found the regular activities in the community and further afield, such as trips to Paris, offered young new and exciting opportunities and experiences, many of which they had not experienced before.
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 absolutely committed to providing the best possible experience and support for the young people entrusted to our care and we are delighted that the high-quality care all of our teams offer has been recognised as outstanding by the inspectors for the fourth time.”
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