Great Howarth School celebrates “Good” rating in latest Ofsted Inspection

Great Howarth School is delighted to announce that it has achieved a “Good” rating in all areas following its most recent Ofsted inspection.

The rating for the school in Rochdale reflects the dedication, hard work, and commitment of the entire school community to providing high-quality education for children and young people with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs (SEMH).

The inspection highlighted several key strengths of Great Howarth School including the school’s safe and nurturing learning environment, effective teaching practices, and the exceptional progress made by students across all year groups.

Key Findings of the Ofsted Report are:

  • Great Howarth offers a nurturing and inclusive environment where students feel safe, happy, and supported. Pupils appreciate that their individual needs are central to the school’s decisions, and parents and carers speak highly of the positive impact the school has on their child’s well-being. The report acknowledged the school’s commitment to pupils’ personal development, highlighting a well-designed personal, social, and health education curriculum where pupils learn about safety, both online and offline, and how to maintain their well-being.
  • Teachers at Great Howarth School set high expectations for all pupils and are committed to delivering engaging and high-quality lessons. They provide crucial support to help pupils regulate their emotions, enabling them to focus on their work and achieve well. Inspectors praised the school for its effective curriculum and efforts to prepare students for future success.
  • The school has successfully instilled a love of reading in pupils, who speak enthusiastically about their favourite books. Staff are well-trained in delivering the reading program and leverage their expertise to design engaging lessons, helping pupils steadily improve their reading skills over time.

Head Teacher Gavin Hosford said: “At Great Howarth, we are committed to making a difference to the lives of our young people. Our team work tirelessly to provide a safe, nurturing, and supportive environment where every pupil can thrive.

This ‘Good’ rating reflects our success in promoting an inclusive culture that meets the complex needs of our students. Our therapeutic approach is effective in improving the lives of our young people, and we are incredibly proud of this achievement.

This recognition from Ofsted is testament to the hard work, the dedication, and the collective efforts of our entire school community, and I’d like to pay tribute to our amazing staff team who are the bedrock of this successful outcome.”

Managing Director, Andrew Kitterick, said: “We are immensely proud to receive a ‘Good’ rating in our recent Ofsted inspection. This achievement is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our pupils and staff, and we are deeply grateful for their unwavering efforts and the positive impact they have on our school community.”

For more information about Great Howarth School and to read the full Ofsted report, please visit Great Howarth School

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