Ofsted

Calder House is rated as "Outstanding" in all areas by Ofsted.

Our most recent Ofsted inspection took place in November 2018. Previously we were inspected in November 2015 and May 2012 when we were also judged to be "Outstanding" in all areas.

I am delighted with this result. It means a huge amount to Calder House and every single member of our team!  We are really proud to be rated as Outstanding by Ofsted. This is about much more than just a new logo on our website. Calder House exists to blaze a trail for each child who comes to our school; to rekindle self-belief and a genuine love of learning; to help each child recognise their personal strengths and overcome the things they find difficult. We exist to be outstanding - it is the reason we are here. That's why Ofsted's judgement, which recognises the extraordinary dedication of our team as well as the remarkable achievements of our pupils, really matters to us. And that's why we are all over the moon!" Mrs Delahay, Head of School.

Here are just a few of the Inspector's comments and observations:

  • The quality of teaching is outstanding. Teachers and leaders know the needs of every pupil in exceptional detail. Teachers plan the precise next steps to enable all pupils to make rapid and sustained improvement in the range of subjects taught.
  • Teachers have an excellent knowledge of every pupil. Together with specialist experts, including the on-site speech and language therapists and occupational therapist, teachers plan sequences of learning matched precisely to each pupil’s individual need. Consequently, pupils thrive academically, socially and emotionally.
  • Personalised timetables featuring bespoke activities are highly effective. These are produced for every pupil, so that they receive the timely and specific support needed to overcome their individual barriers.
  • Pupils’ behaviour in lessons is exemplary. They are attentive and highly motivated. This work ethic contributes to pupils making rapid progress.
  • Pupils catch up quickly in the full range of subjects. Leaders’ dedication to improving core literacy skills, including reading, writing and communication, enables pupils to make accelerated learning across the curriculum. As a result, the overwhelming majority of pupils re-integrate successfully to mainstream education, having caught up with their peers.

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