Passion for giving young people the best start in life is what led an additional needs school in Grantham to earn an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted grade.
Teaching staff at Sandon School have worked hard to make the school the best it can be, earning ‘outstanding’ in every element.
The grade is a big boost to the school as in its last inspection back in March 2010 it was graded as ‘satisfactory’ overall.
An added feather in the hat of staff is the recent ‘outstanding’ grade for Ambergate Sports College in Grantham, which with Sandon School forms the Grantham Additional Needs Federation (GANF).
Executive head of both schools Peter Bell, who was himself praised by Osted inspectors as being “highly ambitious for the achievement of the pupils”, said he was pleased that the hard work of the GANF team had been recognised.
He added: “We are doing this job because our students face a number of challenges from the word go, and we feel that education should support them and give them as many advantages as is within our want to do. So that’s our mission statement, that every second that we are engaged with our students should be valuable, inspiring and personal to them.”
To achieve an improved education for pupils, the curriculum was restructured, an investment was made into equipment at both schools and staff were given the tools to deliver higher quality lessons.
As a result, Ofsted inspectors found that the “vast majority of pupils make outstanding progress in communication and personal development” and that the school offers a “caring, supportive environment where all pupils feel safe and behave well”.