City school rated outstanding in every area of inspection

Published on 12 April 2016

A CITY school that helps boys with emotional, behavioural and social difficulties has been rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Millgate School, off Welford Road, was praised for the progress pupils make, the quality of care and support it offers and the effective management provided by school leaders.

It received an outstanding rating for every area in which it was inspected.

The school has around 65 students, with a residential facility that can accommodate up to 10 young people. Inspectors said the school’s residential provision “positively affects children and young people’s lives in many ways, particularly their emotional wellbeing, behaviour, safety and self-esteem.”

The report also praised the “excellent care” children and young people receive from “highly committed, skilled and passionate staff.” Inspectors said the safeguarding ethos of the school was “excellent’, and that young people and their families “receive a very high level of support and say that this helps to keep their families together. The work in this area is so good that it is worthy of sharing with others.”

Mark Oldman, headteacher at Millgate School, said: “The report is a reflection of the outstanding dedication and relentless drive of Millgate staff to improve the lives of those that walk through our doors.

“We are exceptionally proud of our boys and the resilience they show in overcoming some major obstacles. The inspection process was thoroughly enjoyable, the most pleasing element being that the inspector completely understood the school and the community we strive to create, that is reflected in the report.

“I have been asked to attend an Ofsted briefing later this month to share outstanding practice and we will use this report as a platform to drive further improvement and to widen our influence wherever possible."

Cllr Sarah Russell, assistant city mayor responsible for children, young people and schools, said: “What a fantastic – and very well-deserved – result for Millgate.

“Young people who come here have had some difficulties, but here they’re not defined by those difficulties. Instead, staff focus on equipping their students with the skills and the self-esteem they need to go on to succeed. It’s a very effective approach and I’m delighted that Ofsted has recognised this.”