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3 - Ofsted praises specialist school


Staff and pupils at Rosewood Specialist Status School have been given the thumbs up after receiving a glowing Ofsted report.


The Dudley Council school, which has 53 pupils, has retained its ‘good’ status following a short inspection last month.


The school, which specialises in supporting young people aged 11- 16with behavioural, emotional and additional needs, recently expanded to include key stage 2 pupils and has redesigned its curriculum to give pupils the opportunity to follow nine GCSE courses.


In the report, inspectors praised the commitment and drive of staff to provide the best education for their pupils who may have had difficult or disrupted education in the past. Academic achievement is steadily improving, with all pupils making good progress from their starting points, attendance is improving and pupils are taking responsibility for their own behaviour.


The feeling of team spirit was noted across the school, with high praise from parents and pupils themselves.  Parents praised the school for supporting their children in becoming well-rounded individuals.


Ofsted has praised the school for making improvements in several areas including strengthening the staff team, improved attendance rates, an expanded and redesigned curriculum and assessment practises.


The report also states that pupils at the school take their learning very seriously and want to do well, completing their work to the best of their ability. They know who to talk to if they have any concerns or worries and feel safe at the school.


David Kirk, head teacher at Rosewood Specialist Status School, said:

At Rosewood we are proud to work with and support children with complex and challenging needs and I would like to thank our staff, pupils and governors for their ongoing hard work, dedication and commitment, which is reflected in the Ofsted report.


“We have redeveloped our curriculum, introduced fun new ways of improving attendance and have effective systems for managing behaviour and improving academic achievement, all of which are having a positive impact on our pupils’ education.  I am really proud of them for showing just what they can achieve when they believe in their potential.”


Councillor Ian Cooper, cabinet member for children’s services said:

“I would like to congratulate the head teacher, deputy head teacher, staff, pupils and governors at Rosewood Specialist Status School for everything they’ve achieved.


“The encouragement, support and belief in the potential of every one of their students means that pupils at Rosewood get the best possible education and have a good foundation on which to build their own lives as responsible, confident young adults.”

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