Our Hospital School is ‘Outstanding’
Manchester Hospital School and Home Teaching Service, based at
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, 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
It also recognises that 'teachers make learning very relevant
and enjoyable' and that 'excellent use is made of highly skilled
They also said of the school "Students work hard, concentrate
well in lessons and their behaviour is almost always
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."