22 Aug 2017

Ofsted says Runcorn school turns children’s lives round

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Weston Point College in Runcorn has received another glowing report from Ofsted, following its recent inspection. The report, published on 5.6.17, found that the school is ‘GOOD’ in all areas. This is the third time that the independent school, catering for young people who have been unable to have their complex needs met in local mainstream or special schools, has received this excellent rating.

The staff were praised for the way in which they improved students’ behaviour, kept them safe and helped them make significant progress at the College, through individualised support tailored to the differing needs of each student. The team was described as ‘very skilled at working with students who arrived disenchanted with education and failing to make progress with literacy and numeracy’.

Head Teacher, Tim Whittle, described as “inspirational” by Ofsted, said:  “The report highlights the wonderful work that goes on at Weston Point College. It is a tribute to both students and staff. We look forward to continuing with our mission, to improve the life chances of challenging and vulnerable young people.”

The Directors of Weston Point were delighted to maintain their positive ratings with Ofsted. Mike Searle, one of the school’s Directors, said: “It is exceptional for an independent special school to achieve, and maintain, a ‘good’ Ofsted rating throughout its operational lifetime. Our school was set up 9 years ago to return young people into education, after exclusion from schools in the area. We are extremely proud to have achieved this aim, with all our Year 11 students already enrolled in the next phase of their education.”