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Oversands’ outstanding announcement

19 December 2016

Staff at Oversands School were thrilled after the official Ofsted announcement that they had been awarded an outstanding in all areas for their residential provision.

The Ofsted report commended the school for it dedication to providing excellent quality care to the young people who reside at Oversands.

Here are a few highlights from the report:

  • Residential pupils benefit from having outstanding relationships with residential staff who provide clear boundaries, along with a safe and stimulating environment. The support, coupled with the structure and routines established, allows new pupils to settle quickly.
  • The retention of residential staff is high, leading to an improved continuity of care for pupils. Residential staff are well organised and well-coordinated throughout their shifts, with high levels of communication ongoing. Links between residential and educational staff are excellent, providing a well-coordinated approach that reflects the unity of the school’s management team.
  • Residential pupils are treated as individuals and not managed as a group. Excellent plans and assessments of risk highlight individual needs, with routines, structures and strategies personalised to meet those needs.
  • Residential pupils are making outstanding progress in all areas of their lives, based on their starting points.
  • The whole-school policy, practice and approach linked to restrictive physical intervention has been revised, with steps taken that are well advanced, to eradicate certain restrictive holds in current use.

Head Teacher, Robin Adams said about the result:

“The staff at Oversands work incredibly hard to support the young people in our care so I am delighted that this determination and work ethic has been recognised in the outstanding Ofsted result. We want the very best for our young people and its clear from the report that the pupils feel they are being given a chance for a brighter future at Oversands. It makes me feel very proud of the staff and young people and I’d like to congratulate everyone on this amazing result.”

Well done to everyone at Oversands School!

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