Autism is no barrier for pupils at Inscape house school

Inscape House School has been praised by Ofsted for creating a safe haven for pupils where they can learn to be independent valued citizens.

Inscape is a non-maintained specialist school in Cheadle for pupils aged from five to 19 with autism spectrum conditions and related social communication difficulties.

The school has retained its good rating, with inspectors commending the ‘gripping leadership and crystalline vision’ of the senior team.

Ofsted inspector Jonathan Jones said: “There is no doubt that Inscape House is, first and foremost, a school.

“You have made teaching and learning the core purpose of all that happens here.

“This focus has resulted in a clever and effective synergy between the academic and therapeutic aspects of the school.”

He added: “The right balance has been struck between life skills, aspirations, self-worth and academic achievement.

“Autism is no barrier for pupils at this school.”

The inspectors highlighted the work that the school is doing to prepare students for adult life by creating work placements for pupils as part of their post-16 education.anne price

They also recognised the high-quality training and development opportunities, which staff receive.

Headteacher Anne Price said: “We believe that Inscape House School is the best place possible for young people with autism. 

“Our amazing staff, governors and volunteers are passionate about giving each and every child the best possible opportunities to inspire and engage students in a variety of activities suited to their individual needs and personalities.”

She added: “No two learning programmes are the same - that’s what makes us stand out from the crowd and I am delighted our approach has been so highly thought of by the Inspector as the report serves as a fantastic recognition of everyone’s hard work and achievements. 

“I am extremely proud of the report and it is a great celebration of how we support young people to reach their full potential.”

For more information about the work that the Together Trust do to support more than 2,600 vulnerable children annually across the North West visit: https://www.togethertrust.org.uk/

May 19, 2017

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