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Bluebell Park School retains Good Ofsted judgement

by Jonathan Kearney

Bluebell Park Schook in Kirkby has retained it’s Good Ofsted judgement following a two-day inspection carried out in July.

Bluebell Park is a 201 place school providing early years, primary, secondary and post-16 provision for students with severe and complex learning needs. All students have an Education Health Care Plan.

Inspectors noted that:-

  • Pupils attending Bluebell Park School are happy and settled.
  • Pupils, including those in the early years and the sixth form, cherish the friendships that they make in school. They know how to get on with each other and they work well together.
  • Leaders and staff have high expectations of pupils’ behaviour and achievement. Pupils rise to these aspirations and strive to do their best. They respect their teachers and engage well in classroom activities.
  • Pupils, including students in the sixth form, are supported to develop their independence and communication skills. This helps pupils to achieve their individual targets.
  • Pupils engage well with a wide range of opportunities that promote their personal development. They have recently enjoyed their choir performance in Prescot town centre.
  • Leaders are ambitious for all pupils, including those in the early years and the sixth form. They have carefully considered the special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) of the pupils when crafting the curriculum.
  • Leaders have recently improved the curriculum, so that it is broad and rich.
  • Teachers are very skilled at making sure that pupils learn what they should at the right time.
  • Staff have a deep understanding of pupils’ emotional, physical, sensory and behaviour needs. They use sensory rooms and clearly defined routines to help pupils, including those in the early years, to regulate their behaviour. Consequently, pupils learn without interruption.
  • Pupils, including students in the sixth form, are prepared well for adulthood. For instance, students receive travel training to support them to travel safely and independently.
  • Leaders offer a ‘Look to the Future’ event, which is attended by a range of employees and educational providers. Impartial careers advice is available to all pupils in key stage 4 and 5. This helps pupils make well-informed choices about their future work, training and education.
  • Governors know the school and pupils well. They make sure that the quality of education is of a high standard and meets the needs of the pupils. Governors challenge and hold leaders to account.
  • Staff feel well supported in managing their workload and addressing pupils’ complex needs.
  • The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “I’m delighted to read such a positive report, clearly highlighting how happy pupils are at school, how Leaders are providing an engaging curriculum which is ultimately helping students to prepare for adulthood, and how Governors are ensuring that high quality education is provided to meet the needs of pupils. Everyone at the school should be rightly proud of their achievements. Well done.”