Eden Grove School Praised By Education Inspectors For 'outstanding' Curriculum
Priory Eden Grove School, near Appleby in Cumbria, has been praised for the quality of its education by the regulator Ofsted.
Feedback given to the specialist school to share with students said that ‘the school provides you with a good education and helps you make progress.’ It also stated that ‘the curriculum is outstanding because there are so many good opportunities for you to learn in the way that you prefer and so many chances for you to gain qualifications.’
The report itself commends the ‘behaviour and the provision for students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.’ The personal, social, health and citizenship education is also singled out as making ‘a highly significant contribution to preparing students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.’ The report deemed the curriculum to be ‘outstanding’ and noted that ‘students particularly enjoy the many experiences based on real life which are provided.’
The school’s environment is also praised as being ‘very pleasant and well-maintained’ and ‘providing a good, safe and secure environment for learning.’
Eden Grove is registered for children and young people aged from eight years to 19 years with emotional, behavioural and educational difficulties, including those on the autistic spectrum.
The school underwent a £500,000 refurbishment last year including the construction of a new learning centre, which replaced the existing prefabricated buildings. This new resource includes two classrooms, an art room, and ICT suite, a specialist therapies base and a vocational educational workshop for motor vehicle studies and building trades.
Rory Stewart MP for Penrith and The Border officially opened the impressive new facilities and met members of the school’s Army Cadet Force. He said: “It was a great honour to be able to open this fantastic new facility here at the school today, and to meet with staff and students and see the excellent Army Cadet Force in full swing.
“Eden Grove fulfils a very important role in catering to young people in need of special care and attention, and they do so admirably well. I look forward to supporting them in the future, and to seeing them develop such a wide array of educational resources.”
John McCaffrey, principal at Eden Grove said: “This very positive report is testament to the hard work and dedication of the whole team at Eden Grove. We are very proud of maintaining the 57 year tradition of providing quality education, care and therapy for our young people.
“As an independent residential special school the standard of our education is of utmost importance and we are proud that many aspects are classed as good with some areas deemed to be outstanding.”
Helen Sharpe, managing director at Priory Education Services said: “This excellent report is very satisfying. It is good news when the high standards we set for our schools are independently recognised. Everyone at Eden Grove should be proud.”