An alternative provision school for pupils in the Stroud district and the Cotswolds has achieved an improved Ofsted report.
Stroud and Cotswold Alternative Provision School, based on Belle Vue Road, Stroud, was rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted following an inspection in October. At previous inspections in 2015 and 2017 the school had been rated ‘Requires Improvement’.
The Ofsted report, published last month, stated: “Pupils who come here have often had negative experiences of education. Some have not felt safe in school before.
“When new pupils arrive, staff welcome them, give them a fresh start and a safe place to learn. Staff are experts at building strong, positive relationships with pupils.
“This helps new pupils settle down quickly and it allows them to rebuild confidence in their ability to learn.”
The school’s ‘ambitious’ curriculum and effective safeguarding measures were singled out for praise in the report. However, the report also stated that pupils’ attendance ‘continues to be a challenge for the school’.
Headteacher Nick Stanton, who was praised in the report, said: “‘It is a great achievement for an Alternative Provision School to gain such a positive Ofsted report.
“I am extremely proud of the staff and students who work so hard everyday.”