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Hospital School is 'Outstanding'

Manchester Hospital School and Home Teaching Service has been declared 'Outstanding', scoring the highest grading in each Ofsted inspected area of school activity. 

Inspectors commented very positively on the leadership and management of the school, stating that 'excellent teamwork under the inspirational leadership of the exceptional headteacher underpins the effectiveness of this highly successful school.'

The achievement is even more impressive as the rating was achieved under Ofsted's new tougher and more challenging inspection framework, under which it has become even more difficult to achieve an 'outstanding' judgement.

The report highlights the quality of teaching at the school. Inspectors noted that 'teaching is never less than consistently good and much of it is outstanding.  At the heart of this strong teaching is the sensitivity to be able to separate the educational needs of each student from their health issues and to adapt their teaching quickly and effectively in the face of changing needs.  As a result, students' achievement is outstanding'.

It also recognises that 'teachers make learning very relevant and enjoyable' and that 'excellent use is made of highly skilled teaching assistants.

They also said of the school "Students work hard, concentrate well in lessons and their behaviour is almost always exemplary".

The inspectors praised the work of the Governing Body, acknowledging the fact that 'the Governing Body has been integral to the process of maintaining a constant drive for improvement since the last inspection'.

Headteacher, Sandra Hibbert, says: "I am delighted with the inspection report.  This is a tremendous achievement, particularly under the new, more challenging framework, but it is one that the entire school community truly deserves.  The report is a fantastic endorsement of the efforts made to provide the best possible educational opportunities for all pupils.

Alwyn Hughes, Director of the Children's Hospital says: "This excellent news reinforces the enormous efforts of the school's leadership team, governors, teaching and non teaching staff and pupils to relentlessly drive the school forward.  The school is an essential part of our hospital and it's important that our children's educational needs are equally catered for alongside their clinical needs."

Click here to view the full report.