Eaton Hall Specialist Academy criticises Ofsted report that judged it “good”

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A school has criticised an annual Ofsted inspection of its residential services which judged it 'good' with 'outstanding' features.

Eaton Hall Specialist Academy, on Pettus Road, Norwich, provides places for boys with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties, and was inspected on February 9-11.

The report said children 'make progress academically, behaviourally and socially', 'feel safe in the school', and 'are able to enjoy opportunities that they would not otherwise experience'.

However, it also gave the school four things to improve further, including ensuring 'records relating to physical interventions clearly record the behaviour that has necessitated the physical intervention'.

Head of school Keith Bates said: 'The report acknowledges the outstanding care and outcomes for the children at Eaton Hall. Therefore, we are disappointed there is a mismatch between this and some other elements from the report.

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'We have gained the same overall judgement as last year, however, we were not happy with this inspection which we felt was focussed far too narrowly on processes rather than the outcomes for the children, as the report concludes Eaton Hall's young people make outstanding progress.'

He said the school noted the points for improvement, but added: 'We take issue with aspects of the points made as they do not match with the 'outstanding' progress statement.'

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An Ofsted spokesperson said: 'Ofsted inspections of residential schools focus squarely on the experiences of children and young people and the progress they make.

'Inspectors look at the quality of care and support they receive, how well they are protected, and the impact and effectiveness of leaders and managers. Inspectors will speak directly to pupils and parents about their experiences, as well as looking at school policies and how they are implemented.'

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