For the third consecutive time The Wycombe Grange School has been rated as ‘outstanding’ for overall effectiveness by Ofsted inspectors following their inspection on Tuesday 15th July 2014.
The Pupil Referral Unit supports students who have been excluded from mainstream education or have behavioural, social or additional learning difficulties. It is the latest to receive the top accolade from Government inspectors.
Based on three sites, two in High Wycombe and one in Chesham, the alternative provider was praised for providing high quality teaching and judged to be outstanding in all areas of achievement, teaching and learning, behaviour, safety, leadership and management.
The report which was published last month states : ‘Students make outstanding improvements in their behaviour. They feel extremely safe in the unit and have trusting relationships with the staff which enables them to turn their lives around and go on to further education, training or employment. The subjects and courses provided closely reflect students’ learning needs and hopes for the future, and specialist facilities within the new Chiltern Skills and Enterprise Centre contribute greatly to this.‘
The report also praises headteacher Debra Rutley for providing ‘outstanding leadership’ and for her ‘high expectations and very clear vision for the unit.’
A delighted Ms Rutley said: ‘Obviously we are very pleased with the judgement given. We have an extremely hard-working and dedicated staff team here and I have always known them to be outstanding. It’s just nice to have that confirmed officially by Ofsted.‘
Mike Appleyard, Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Skills said: ‘The staff deserves the highest praise for this truly outstanding report. They are working with some of the most challenging pupils we have in Buckinghamshire and their ability to produce such positive results through their professionalism and hard work is of enormous benefit to the whole area.‘
The full Ofsted report can be read on the Ofsted website.