Special school in Northampton rated ‘outstanding’ in every Ofsted category

Special School of the Year winner is Billing Brook School with sponsor Rebecca Hughes of Macintyre Hudson.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER NNL-151007-095624001

Special School of the Year winner is Billing Brook School with sponsor Rebecca Hughes of Macintyre Hudson.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER NNL-151007-095624001

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A special school in Northampton has been rated ‘outstanding’ in every category after a recent Ofsted inspection.

Billing Brook Special School, which has three sites in Northamptonshire and 208 pupils, was found to have the highest possible quality of teaching, governance and leadership after inspectors visited last month.

It is the second time in a row the school has received an “outstanding” Ofsted rating.

Caroline Grant, headteacher, said it was a fantastic achievement and reflected the fact that staff worked together as a team.

She said: “I thought the report was a great read and I was delighted to find every aspect of the school was a strong as it was.

“Children feel safe at the school and you don’t get that without great staff.

“The inspectors described us as a ‘well oiled machine’ and we work really well as a team.”

The inspection report states the headteacher is “resolute” in her drive to make the excellent school even better and, as a result, pupils make

outstanding progress from their various starting points.

The report states: “The headteacher and senior leaders work together very effectively as a team to implement new ideas and strategies. Consequently, the school is getting better and better.

“The sense of leadership and responsibility runs right through the school, and its subject and other middle leaders contribute significantly to the exciting way subjects are taught.

“Behaviour in lessons is exceptional. Pupils are keen to learn and waste no time getting fully involved in the exciting activities teachers prepare for them. Around the school, they are courteous and polite.”