Birch Wood School had a section 8 Ofsted Inspection on May the 3rd and 4th of this term. This inspection focused on the effectiveness of safeguarding arrangements and aspects of the effectiveness of leadership and management in the school (including governance).
Since becoming Head teacher in August 2016 I have been working hard along with all the staff to improve the school and make sure our pupils receive the best possible learning experiences. Ofsted were looking to see if these changes were working to address some problems that had been brought to their attention last academic year.
I happy to confirm that Ofsted said that safeguarding is not only effective, but that it is a strength at Birch Wood. “The (school) adviser judges safeguarding procedures to be a strength of the school. The findings of the inspection confirm this view.”
I am happy to share with you the attached letter that I received from Ofsted, which is very positive.
The letter also outlines that we do have some areas for improvement relating to ensuring we regularly check on the progress made by the pupils to achieve the outcomes in the education, health and care plans and ensuring that annual reviews reflect pupils progress to achieve their EHCP outcomes. We are already working on improving these areas and we are sure you will see the impact of this in the near future. We won’t stop in our aim to ensure Birch Wood continues to go from strength to strength, providing the highest standards of education and care for our pupils.
I am very proud of the Birch Wood School community including pupils, parents, carers, governors and our staff who have all contributed to this very positive outcome. Birch Wood is a school we can all be proud to be part of and I thank everybody for their ongoing support and hard work.
Please find below our last Ofsted report.