Ingfield Manor School in Billingshurst, is celebrating after being judged as ‘Outstanding’ for the 9th time by Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills.
Managed by specialist education provider, Ambito Care and Education, Ingfield Manor is a day and residential school, which offers specialist conductive education to children and young people with neurological impairments and complex medical conditions.
Jeremy Quin, Member of Parliament for Horsham Constituency, visited the school to pass on his congratulation to staff and students.
In its report, Ofsted praised the ‘overall experiences and progress of young people’ and ‘how well children and young people are helped and protected’ as outstanding.
It recognised that the ‘special school provides highly effective services that consistently exceed the standards of good’ and ‘the actions of the school contribute to significantly improved outcomes and positive experiences for children and young people.’
The quality of support was highlighted as ‘exceptionally high level’ with ‘significant and lasting progress in students’ ability to communicate, which improves their quality of life’, and ‘the promotion of independence is strong.’
As part of the rigorous three-day inspection, Ofsted found that ‘students experience a very high standard of care to meet their health, cultural or ethnic needs’. Staff were also found to have ‘highly honed skills to promote students’ independence’, and they ‘consider a child’s abilities, motivation and energy levels when judging the level of support needed.’
Through targets set by staff for students based on education, health and care plans, the progress of the children was reported as ‘gradual but still significant,’ with other achievements being ‘remarkable, particularly the progress made in communication.’
Mrs Tracey White, Principal at Ingfield Manor, said: “As one of the UK’s leading centres for conductive education, with a national reputation for developing communication, we are delighted that the inspectors have recognised Ingfield Manor School as a place of excellence, where children can realise their educational and personal potential in a safe, supportive and fun environment.”
Martin Thomas, CEO at Ambito Care and Education, said: “Our vision is for all children and young people to be educated close to home with all their individual education, care and health needs being met. Our schools and colleges support young people to develop the skills needed to be more independent as adults. Being awarded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted is testament to the dedication and commitment of our staff at Ingfield Manor School, and we congratulate them on their continued success.”
Jeremy Quin, MP for Horsham, said: ““I know from previous visits what an inspirational learning environment Ingfield Manor is. It was a great pleasure to return to congratulate staff and pupils on their Outstanding Ofsted. Ofsted were particularly impressed with progress in communication skills, and how students are empowered and given confidence to maximise their personal independence.”