Inspectors impressed by happy pupils and teaching standards
A SPECIAL school has been praised by Ofsted inspectors.
Inspectors visited Baytree School earlier this month and have rated the school as good.
Baytree, based at The Campus in Highlands Lane, Weston-super-Mare, is a special school with a pupil age range of three to 19. There are 68 pupils on the school roll, with 16 of those in the sixth form.
The school caters for pupils who have severe or profound learning difficulties, including about a third of whom have autism spectrum disorders.
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The Ofsted team said pupils enjoyed going to school, arriving happily at class and politely greeted their teachers and other adults.
The report also said parents felt their children were safe at the school and said their children's behaviour had improved since starting life in the classroom.
Inspectors said: "Pupils of all abilities achieve well and make good progress during their time at the school."
They said teaching was always good and some was outstanding and, as a result, pupils were regularly challenged by the work set.
The inspectors said the headteacher Fiona Richings' senior leaders and staff had successfully improved the school over the past two years, strengthening the curriculum to meet pupils' needs and abilities and had developed the good-quality learning environment in which pupils thrive and feel valued.
Three areas for improvement were highlighted in the report.
Inspectors said they wanted to improve the use of communication aids, to increase accreditation in the sixth form so students had more choices about their futures and extend opportunities to enable all pupils to broaden their awareness of other cultures and lifestyles.
Head teacher Fiona Richings said she was pleased with the report.
Mrs Richings said: "Our vision is to provide pupils with a supportive, nurturing, safe, secure and stimulating environment in which their social, emotional, intellectual and health needs are met.
"I am delighted that this has been acknowledged so positively in the inspection report. We had already identified and begun to work on the areas that Ofsted highlighted which will further improve learning outcomes for all our pupils.
"We were very pleased the inspection team agreed with our priorities for Baytree and everyone is committed to moving forward on our journey to become an outstanding school."