The residential home for Bladon House School in Newton Solney have received an ‘Outstanding’ grade from Ofsted in their inspection, which took place at the beginning of June. The school provides day and residential placements for children aged 5 to 19 years with a range of complex needs, including: a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder, speech, language and communication needs; moderate or severe learning difficulties, mental health issues and associated challenging behaviours. The school also has expertise in helping with children and young people with Prader Willi Syndrome manage their condition.
Inspectors praised the home for the significant progress children make to achieve their potential through the rich and varied experiences offered to them. This includes making a music album, writing a cookbook and visiting Disneyland. A parent told the inspectors “I consider myself to have very high standards and want the absolute best that is on offer for my daughter. This home meets my expectations”.
Young people are also making fantastic progress in learning life skills by being encouraged and supported to challenge themselves by staff who the inspectors said “have a commendable understanding of current and changing risked posed to and from the children”. This support of young people to take age appropriate risks develops their self-esteem, confidence and resilience.
The homes commitment to ensuring that parents are involved in their children’s lives was also praised by the inspectors, as well as the warm and nurturing relationships staff had with children, which provided reassurance to parents. One parent told inspectors “As a parent I am sad that she is not able to live with me and that I cannot keep her safe, but the staff in the home do this for me, so I have total peace of mind”
The school received a ‘good ‘grading from Ofsted in their education inspection in March 2019.
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