Sheiling School welcomes Ofsted inspectors’ rating

July 28 2017

THE Sheiling special school has maintained its rating from Ofsted inspectors, who have judged it to be good.

THE Sheiling special school has maintained its rating from Ofsted inspectors, who have judged it to be good.

Pupils with moderate and severe learning difficulties attend the independent, co-educational school in Thornbury, having been placed there by their local authority.

Ofsted said headteacher Paul Gawdan led the school with “clear vision and determination” and had brought about significant improvements in a short period of time. 

It’s report said: “The quality of teaching, learning and assessment are rapidly improving. Teachers know their pupils well and plan learning to meet their individual needs. 

“In most parts of the curriculum, pupils make good progress. This is particularly the case in mathematics but less so in pupils’ reading. 

“Behaviour is good. As a result of higher-quality teaching and learning, the number of incidents of poor behaviour have fallen dramatically. 

“The 16-to-19 study programmes provide students with academic study, independent living skills and work experience. Consequently, students are successful in the next stage of their education or employment. 

“However, there is still room for pupils to achieve more highly, particularly in reading.” 

The school said: “We are immensely proud of this achievement and would like to thank all staff, pupils and governors for their hard work and commitment.

“We will continue to build upon our efforts to further improve the school with the ultimate goal of moving from a good rating to outstanding.”