Rivermead School in Gillingham rated good by Ofsted

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A school specialising in education for children with autism and Aspergers Syndrome has been rated good by Ofsted inspectors.

Rivermead School in Gillingham was visited by the education regulator on 18 and 19 September and was deemed good across the board.

While teaching standards were described as being ‘consistently good’, pupils’ behaviour was considered outstanding and students told inspectors they felt safe and cared for at the special school.

Most students at the school, which cares for 11 to 19-year-olds, have underlying speech, language and communication difficulties and some have behaviour, emotional and social difficulties.

Some students are also physically disabled.

Ofsted last visited the school in March 2012 and since the school has maintained good standards of behaviour, leadership, teaching and achievement.

Headteacher Tina Lovey said: “All staff at Rivermead work hard to create a calm, purposeful environment which promotes students’ positive attitudes to learning.

“We work as a team with parents, staff, learners and governors all of which are very proud to be part of a school acknowledged as ‘good’ by Ofsted.

“Rivermead is a school which is going from strength to strength, we strive to ensure that all our learners are given the opportunities to achieve and to be the very best that they can possibly be.”

The full report can be found on www.ofsted.gov.uk

Photograph above shows me with the Head Tina Lovey congratulating her and the school staff on their Good Ofsted

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