Hartlepool education chief’s delight over Ofsted rating

Kieran Sharp
Kieran Sharp

Education chiefs are celebrating after being judged as “good” in all key areas following a recent visit from Government inspectors.

Ofsted visited the town’s Pupil Referral Unit, in Brierton Lane, during February as part of a national programme of school inspection.

The Pupil Referral Unit works in partnership, mainly with the town’s five secondary schools, to provide support for pupils who have been excluded, at risk of being excluded or have become disengaged.

It also supports pupils who, by reason of illness, disability, social, emotional or mental health issues require alternative educational arrangements.

In the report, lead inspector Fiona Dixon says: “The headteacher and staff have created a culture in which pupils can succeed.

“High expectations underpin all developments in the school. The positive atmosphere created by staff allows pupils to feel supported and helps them to learn. The behaviour of pupils is good. Many pupils make rapid improvements in their attitudes to learning.”

The Pupil Referral Unit was last inspected by Ofsted in October 2013, when it was judged to “require improvement” – and new headteacher Kieran Sharp is delighted with the improved judgement of “good”.

He said: “Clearly, I am very pleased with the report and it is reassuring to be rated good by Ofsted in every category.

“Everyone involved with the Pupil Referral Unit works very hard to give our students the best possible learning experience, and the fact that every student in 2015 progressed to either training or a college course is testament to the excellent support we provide.”

At the time of the inspection, there were 33 pupils on the school roll.