The staff and students at Meldreth Manor School in Meldreth, Cambridgeshire, are celebrating their achievements after being judged ‘outstanding’ in all six key areas of learning by the schools inspector Ofsted.
The school, which is run by the disability charity Scope, provides support to children aged from 6 -19 who have complex needs. For example, children with cerebral palsy, a condition which can result in visual impairments or other sensory loss, and additional health needs such as epilepsy. All of the students currently at the school have a learning disability.
The Ofsted report found that despite the challenges they face in life, students at the school are making incredible progress in their learning due to the outstanding level of teaching and exceptional attention given to each child’s individual physical and emotional needs.
Petrina Lodge, the school’s Headteacher, was praised in the report for her leadership and for being able to communicate ‘an infectious vision of what can be achieved’. All staff members at every level of responsibility were commended for demonstrating their commitment and desire to improve the school experience for pupils.
Petrina Lodge, Headteacher at Meldreth Manor said:
“We’re really pleased that our hard work and commitment is recognised as ‘Outstanding’ because this is what we do every day. The young people at Meldreth Manor School are the reason we are here – so our ‘Outstanding’ is really for them!”
Ali Bovill, whose daughter is a student at the school said:
“As parents of a child attending Meldreth Manor, we are thrilled and delighted with the report rating the school as outstanding in all areas. This does not come as a surprise to us, however, as the care and attention given to our child has been exemplary. In her education, our daughter has made progress where we didn’t dare think possible a few years ago.
“All her physical, therapeutic and caring needs happen in a seamless curriculum thanks to the physiotherapy and occupational therapy she receives at the school. The dedication of the caring and medical teams make all of the above possible, and our daughter could not be in better hands.”
Scope works with disabled people, of all ages, and their families, across England and Wales. We offer practical, everyday support and deliver campaigns that can change lives. Our vision is a world where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else. Together we can create a better society. www.scope.org.uk