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Outstanding result again

16 February 2024

Pupils, parents and the team at Pontville School are celebrating following the publication of their latest residential report by Ofsted.

The residential provision has been judged as ‘Outstanding’ again, demonstrating the incredible difference the school continues to make to its pupils and their families.

The report is glowing in praise for the overall experiences and progress of children and young people, how well they are helped and protected, and the effectiveness of leaders and managers.

Highlights of the report include:

  • Children are thriving and happy because of the high-quality care and support that they receive. Each child receives a bespoke package of care that meets their diverse needs and this is helping them to make excellent progress across all areas of their development.
  • Staff spend time with children and know them well. There is a strong, positive culture in the staffing team. Staff are warm, nurturing and caring towards the children. Children interact with staff enthusiastically and spent time talking to them about their day. Children have a strong sense of belonging and are happy


  • Parents and carers are extremely complimentary about the service and how the staff have helped their children to achieve their individual goals. This includes improving their anxieties and building their confidence and self-esteem.


  • Children’s attainment and enjoyment in school has improved significantly because of coming to stay at the residential provision. This is because they are benefiting greatly from the seamless 24-hour curriculum.


  • Children’s behaviour is excellent. Staff have very positive relationships with the children, and this is supported by the clear rules and boundaries that are consistently applied.


  • A key strength of the setting is the vast array of multi-agency work that is carried out to support the children and their families. Parents are complimentary about the staff and the work that they do to keep families informed and involved to ensure that their children have the right support. The head of care and headteacher challenge others


Well done, everyone!

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