The Acorn School in Winkleigh is rated Ofsted Good by Inspectors
Achieving outcomes for Children
Devon Special Educational Needs school soars high
A newly formed special educational needs school continues to go from strength to strength, achieving an Ofsted ‘Good’ rating on its recent full Inspection.
The school supports 35 learners that may have special educational needs, including social, emotional and mental health. Others may have disengaged from education or been excluded from mainstream schools.
The Acorn School in Winkleigh, Devon was conceived only 15 months ago, spearheaded by the Group’s CEO Jonathan Pain. A once derelict care home the site has been completely transformed in a matter of months to a thriving primary and secondary school also supporting local employment.
Headteacher Abbie Heard stated “Working closely with our Commissioning colleagues, we wanted to develop a resource to support the needs of children and young people of Devon who require a supportive educational environment. We aimed to locate a site that would enable us to receive pupils from across the county and we have done exactly that”.
Ofsted Inspectors in their report stated, “Staff skilfully help pupils to settle and find their feet. The staff are caring, this is a happy school, staff and pupils share much humour. They work and relax together”. Pupils told us they like the School because they feel understood and appreciated ‘for who they are’. Inspectors also noted, “Leaders promote the school’s therapeutic curriculum well, this helps to keep the Pupils safe and well “.