Praise for Dawn House

PUPILS and staff at Rainworth’s Dawn House Primary School are celebrating this week after being praised by Ofsted inspectors during their latest visit.

The Government watchdog rated the special school, which caters for ages 5-19 with severe and complex speech, language and communication needs, as ‘good’ during their two day inspection.

“This is a good school where all groups of pupils make good progress in their learning and very good progress in their personal and social development,” says the report.

“Students in the sixth form, particularly those who go out to local further education colleges, have a wide choice of subjects and accredited courses.

“The curriculum for pupils younger than this is broad, balanced and well-enriched.”

Inspectors also said that excellent care and support was given to pupils which helped boost their independence, confidence and self-esteem.

The report added that the Helmsley Road school could improve and expand the curriculum so that it is relevant to all pupils’ needs and provides opportunities for a breadth of accreditation for all pupils.

“Teachers should ensure that activities are effectively adapted, active and challenging for all pupils,” they added.