Secondary School for children with special needs scores top marks

Arts & Education

A SECONDARY school for children with special needs has scored top marks with Ofsted inspectors.

Cromwell High Secondary school for children with special needs based in Dukinfield has scored top marks with ofsted inspectors.

Inspectors said students were ‘extremely well supported so that they can make the most of their talents.’

Business manager Debbie Blezard said: “Everyone is really proud. I don’t think anybody could have worked any harder.

“It’s not just a job, they do it because they care and they want to help the children as much as they can.”

The school, rated as good during its last inspection in 2011, caters for 64 pupils aged 11 to 16 with severe learning difficulties.

The report said: “The experienced headteacher (Andrew Foord) brings a drive and determination for excellence to everything that the school does.

“There is a focus on ensuring that every student achieves the very best of which they are capable.”
In addition the inspectors, who observed lessons and spoke to teachers, pupils and parents, said the school was a safe place where everyone got on well together and appreciated each other’s needs. Praising the ‘extremely engaging’ curriculum, their report added: “The behaviour of students is outstanding.

“Many enter school with very challenging behaviour but this is managed exceptionally well so that virtually no time is lost to learning.

“Students really love their learning because it is pitched at just the right level for each of them.”

The school recently celebrated the opening of its new extension which includes the new ‘Cromwell Tea Rooms’.
Sponsors are  needed to fund furniture, kitchen equipment and also to resurface the drive outside so it is accessible for people in wheelchairs. You can contact the school on 0161 338 9730 to offer assistance.

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