A special school in Wolverhampton continues to be "Good", according to Ofsted inspectors.

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They visited Tettenhall Wood School last month for the first time since it was judged to be Good in 2014, and reported that standards at the Regis Road school continue to be high.

Inspectors found that headteacher Sarah Llewellyn and her leadership team have "maintained the good quality of education at the school", and that leaders and governors are "passionate in ensuring that the needs of pupils are met".

Mrs Llewellyn and deputy headteacher Helen Masters have "a clear vision to drive the school forward", and the governing body is providing a "good balance of challenge and support".

Middle leaders are "effective, strong and support the vision" of the leadership team, and have demonstrated they have the capacity and the skills to help the school improve further. Teachers are well supported by teaching assistants.

Inspectors said the school has taken "rapid, effective action" to address areas for improvement by introducing a new curriculum for pupils with more complex needs, providing them with a range of ways to communicate with adults and peers.

Ofsted reported that parents are "extremely positive about the school", saying teachers are warm and communicative. The pupils themselves are "excellent ambassadors" for the school. They are "confident, self assured learners" who "take pride in their school and are extremely polite and well mannered".

Inspectors also found that leaders and governors, with effective support from the City of Wolverhampton Council, have ensured that there is a "strong safeguarding culture in the school", with high quality training given to staff.

Mrs Llewellyn said: "I am very proud to hold the position of headteacher at Tettenhall Wood. Since I began here in September 2014, we have strived to ensure outcomes for our pupils continue to improve.

"To receive an Ofsted letter of such positive endorsement goes to demonstrates the hard work and dedication of all those who work at Tettenhall Wood School but most importantly celebrates what amazing young people we have at our school and are privileged enough to support and educate every day."

Councillor Claire Darke, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education, said: "This excellent report reflects superbly on everyone connected with Tettenhall Wood School, from the leadership team, teachers, support staff and governors through to the pupils and their families and carers. I would like to say congratulations to every one of them.

"The council has worked closely with the school over the last 12 months as it continues its drive to become an outstanding school which ensures outstanding outcomes for each pupil, and this report shows that it is well on its way to achieving this goal."

David Kirby, vice chair of governors, added: "The governing body recognises the excellent work undertaken by all staff in achieving this outcome. The children and young people at Tettenhall Wood School are clearly at the centre of everything they do, and to receive such positive endorsement is fantastic for all involved."  

  • released: Wednesday 5 July, 2017