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25 Mar

Paperbag Cottage celebrates ‘Outstanding’ rating by Ofsted

Congratulations to our wonderful team at Paperbag Cottage in Hampshire for being rated 'Outstanding' in all areas by Ofsted during their latest inspection.

Throughout the inspection report, Ofsted praised the children’s home. This included: ‘The staff team is dedicated to children and passionate about supporting their individual needs. As a result, children make excellent progress from their starting points.’

The report continued: ‘The quality of relationships between children and staff is exceptional…Children confide in staff and look to them for support and advice. One child rated the home ‘10 out of 10’.’

Parents of the young people supported at Paperbag Cottage also provided positive feedback which was highlighted in the report: ‘One family member said, “I had reservations about [name of child] going into care, but I am reassured by the care afforded to them in this home”.’

The report also highlighted how Paperbag Cottage helps to equip children with a brighter future: ‘Independence work with children is undertaken to the highest standard. Children have targets which they proactively work towards. Examples include building up free time, learning to travel on public transport, cooking and keeping safe. As a result, children are well-equipped for their futures and have positive aspirations.’

Situated within Hampshire, Paperbag Cottage is part of the Care division within Aspris Children’s Services, providing support to young people aged 5-18 years with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD) and associated moderate learning difficulties.

Glen Strowbridge, Registered Manager at Paperbag Cottage, said: “My team are over the moon. It’s a fantastic achievement and we’re all really proud. The children were really pleased that our home has been graded so positively and were an active part of the inspection process, confidently giving their views and sharing their experiences during our inspection.”

Paula Stanford, Chief Operating Officer of Aspris Care, said: “Glen is an exceptional manager, who leads such a talented and hardworking team at Paperbag Cottage. Everyone involved deserves such a huge congratulations for being rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. The staff team there do a brilliant job and I am so pleased this is reflected throughout the report.”