We are delighted to announce that following an Ofsted inspection which took place late last year, Gloucester House has maintained its previous “Good” rating, with recognition for the “outstanding” impact the setting has on the behaviour and attitudes of their pupils.

Ofsted inspectors met with a range of staff including the Head of Service, Deputy Headteacher, Specialist school service manager as well as teachers, progress support workers, nurses, and therapists. They met with children individually and in groups, visited lessons, playtimes and circle times and linked with parents, carers and commissioners. They noted that leaders have created an inclusive and happy school. They ensure that each pupil is heard, understood, and supported. Staff feel valued and supported and focus on getting pupils to a place where they can engage with learning again.

Inspectors noted that the therapeutic work of the team enables pupils to understand and manage their emotions, with confidence, self-esteem, and behaviour strengthening “exceptionally well” during their time at Gloucester House. Working relationships between staff and pupils and the close connection they have was also noted as significantly contributing to pupil’s well-being and behaviour.

The inspection also noted that a range of knowledgeable professionals make up the school staff, who work closely alongside parents, carers and partner agencies to identify individual pupil needs and to have a clear and shared understanding of each child and family. Pupils in turn receive targeted support in a way that enables them to succeed.

Kirsty Brant, Head of Service at Gloucester House said; “We are delighted with the result of our inspection and the recognition for the significant impact we have on the behaviour and attitudes of our young people. Through their visit the inspection team recognised the complex challenges our young people have faced in their lives and how our intensive therapeutic approach to teaching, learning and holistic development enables them to succeed in the future.”

Michael Holland, the CEO of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust which runs and manages the school said; “This is a huge achievement for the school and a testament to the excellent care and teaching delivered by our dedicated staff.”

While talking to inspectors, pupils mentioned the aspects that they enjoy about Gloucester House including earning virtual money to spend at the school shop, the library and reading session as well as spending time in the nurture garden, where they grow fruit and vegetables.

Read the latest, and previous Ofsted reports, on the Ofsted website