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Sheridan School receives variety of praise...

  • Teachers dedicated to high quality teaching
  • School principal is "dynamic"
  • "No limits" set on ambitions of pupils

Sheridan School, in Norfolk, has won plaudits from education inspectors after a recent inspection, with special praise heaped on its new principal Michelle Smith.

In its latest report, Ofsted, the education watchdog, praised the school for its "dynamic and capable principal", who, with her team, enabled pupils to "develop greater levels of independence" and helped prepare them for the next stage of their education, training or employment.

The school also won a "good" rating from Ofsted. It educates young people between the ages of eight and 19 with social, emotional, and mental health difficulties which sometimes includes autism, Asperger Syndrome and associated conditions.

Ofsted inspectors praised the "exceptional leadership of the principal, headteacher and governors. Leaders do not set limits on the ambitions they have for the young people in their care…They are tenacious in their dedication to provide high quality teaching". The inspectors went on to say: "Staff know their pupils very well and the strength of positive relationships means that pupils want to work hard and be successful.

"Pupils say that the work-related learning programme in the ‘life skills’ programme that they access has changed what they do at home and out in the community."

Ofsted highlighted the fact that there are "opportunities for all pupils to achieve external academic and vocational qualifications through different routes and pathways". It mentioned the school’s good links with the local community and recent school trips, including a visit to the Supreme Court.

The report pointed out that "transitions to the next steps in learning, or to the world of work, are highly planned. Staff are thoughtful about pupils’ aspirations and consider how best to support them to meet these."

School Principal Michelle Smith said: "I am delighted with this report.  I hope our young people continue to gain the life skills and qualifications that they need to achieve their full potential in life."

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