Referral unit provides outstanding education to excluded kids



An Aylesbury school for children with behavioural problems has been graded as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted for a second time in succession.

Blueprint Pupil Referral Unit - one of three units in the county - received the top accoldade in a report published this week.

The unit, which educates boys and girls aged 11-16, was graded as ‘outstanding’ in all Ofsted categories of achievement, teaching and learning, safety, leadership and management.

Ofsted found students, many of whom have been excluded from mainstream schools, enjoy their education, make every attempt to attend regularly, and that their behaviour is exemplary.

Blueprint also provides an ‘outreach’ service to ill children who cannot attend school.

Dr David Jones, headteacher of Blueprint, said: “We are delighted with the outstanding verdict from Ofsted, which is the result of teamwork between the staff, pupils, parents and carers.

“It is a real pleasure to lead such a very committed team of professionals.”

Inspectors also found morale at the school of 45 pupils to be high and that all students make very good progress in literacy and numeracy .

The Coventon Road school was first acknowledged as outstanding in 2010 and despite Ofsted increasing its rigour with inspections, it has received the same recognition this year.

Outstanding schools are considered to fully equip pupils for the next stage of their education or employment.

County council cabinet member for education and skills Mike Appleyard said: “I congratulate everyone connected with Blueprint for this most exceptional Ofsted judgement.

“The inspectors praised every aspect of the school’s work and also the strong partnership working between the pupil referral unit, the council and other key stakeholders.

“Well done to everyone!”




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