Ofsted: Aylesbury school goes from ‘inadequate’ to ‘good’ in just 19 months

Students and staff at Pebble Brook
Students and staff at Pebble Brook

An Aylesbury special school has been rated ‘good’ by Ofsted just 19 months after being put in special measures.

Pebble Brook headteacher David Miller said it was ‘a very rare occurrence’ and ‘a great cause for celebration’ that the school had improved so quickly.

Inspectors visited the Churchill Avenue school in November and praised the work of Mr Miller, his senior team and governors for the turnaround.

The inspectors said: “A relentless focus on getting the best for the students with an exceptionally wide range of needs now ensures rapid progress for all groups.”

When Ofsted inspected Pebble Brook last May they said it was failing to give students an ‘acceptable standard’ of education and that teachers were not ‘inspiring and engaging’ pupils.

Now, however, teaching is described as ‘typically good with some outstanding’ and Ofsted said students make ‘excellent progress’ in developing social skills.

Ofsted said ‘nothing less than good is acceptable’ when it comes to students’ achievements and that pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their training and education when they leave Pebble Brook.

The report says the school still has some work to do before it can be rated ‘outstanding’, saying: “Despite the good and sometimes excellent teaching of basic skills in English and mathematics not all staff are fully skilled in enhancing students’ writing and calculation skills in other subjects.”