A school is celebrating after being deemed to be outstanding in its first ever Ofsted inspection.
Churchill Special Free School in Chalkstone Way, Haverhill, a school for young people with speech, language and interaction needs, opened in September 2013.
After being inspected in July, the school was declared outstanding in all four fields of inspection: Leadership and management, Behaviour and safety of pupils, Quality of teaching and Achievement of pupils.
Head teacher Georgina Ellis was delighted with the result and praised the hard work and dedication of the school’s staff and the quality of its pupils.
“It has been a real team effort,” she said. “A tremendous amount of hard work has been put in by everyone, including parents.”
The report stated that: “The exemplary leadership of the head teacher provides clear direction and support to staff which ensures high outcomes for pupils. This is complemented by rigorous monitoring systems which are effectively used to evaluate and improve the school’s performance.”
It also noted how the school has helped its pupils, stating that: “Pupils are learning to self-regulate and manage their behaviours. This is a substantial success for pupils for whom this has been a significant challenge in the past. Pupils are happy to be members of this school community; this is reflected in the increasing attendance of pupils over time.”
Mrs Ellis, who also helped her previous school Wickhambrook Community Primary towards achieving an outstanding Ofsted report, swore the school would not rest on its laurels, saying there was always more to be done.
“The school is still growing,” she said. “You never stop with education.”