Pupils who have suffered trauma ‘exceptionally’ well cared for at Shropshire school, say inspectors – Whitchurch Herald

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AN INDEPENDENT school in Whitchurch has been praised for the outstanding personal development of pupils who have experienced trauma.

Physis HeathgatesAcademy has received a glowing report from Ofsted following an inspection February.

Inspectors rated the school outstanding for personal development and good across the other three areas quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, and leadership and management. The overall rating was good, one step up from the schools last inspection in 2017 when it was said to require improvement.

Inspectors said: Support for pupils personal development is excellent and integral to the schoolswork.

Teachers make pupils mental wellbeing a top priority. Staff work hard tocounter the effects of pupils past negative experiences.

The work on dealing withtrauma is a unique aspect of the schools offer.

Gradually, pupils begin to restoretheir self-belief and develop their self-esteem. Over time, pupils grow in confidenceand become more resilient.

The report praised headteacherRebecca Bhageerutty and her staff team for their high expectations and standards, which in turn fostered an ethos of hard work among pupils.

It said: This school is a safe haven for pupils and offers them a fresh start after challengesin previous settings.

Pupils learn to value the importance of education. With goodsupport, they work towards achieving their personal goals. They acquire the skills tobecome more independent and make healthy choices.

The school provides pupilswith hope and alternative pathways to succeed.

Pupils show enjoyment in theirstudies. A wide range of learning opportunities capture pupils interests.

Pupils areexceptionally well cared for. The blend of high-quality care and a good educationenables pupils to do well.

The report recommended that non-specialist subject teachers received more training in all subjects they teach, and that literacy skills be applied consistently across the curriculum.

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