School Principal Lorraine Dormand with students Darwin, Lincoln and Layni-June (photo credit: Barnsley Chronicle). 

Congratulations to everyone at our Robert Ogden School for achieving two ‘Good’ Ofsted ratings, following recent inspections of its education and residential provision.

Our charity has been providing specialist education to children and young people on the autism spectrum for over 50 years. We currently run eight schools, with the most recent, our Anderson School, opening last September.

Our Robert Ogden School is based in Thurnscoe, Barnsley and opened in 1976. The school provides primary, secondary and post-16 support for over 90 pupils as well as day and residential care.

Ofsted’s inspectors recognised the “nurturing and safe environment” of the school’s residential provision, as well as the “high standard of care” provided by staff who are “skilled in providing bespoke packages of care specifically tailored to the pupils’ diverse needs.” 

The report says that: “all parents and social workers consulted are very positive about the way pupils are looked after and feel fully informed about their progress.” It cites as a typical comment from a parent: “Excellent school with skilled and caring staff. My child has respite boarding and it is exemplary, well run with experienced staff. I recommend this school to all families with children with severe autism and complex needs.”

The report of the school’s education provision highlights the “new and bold curriculum”, which it says “accurately meets the needs of all groups of pupils.” It also commends the teachers and support staff, commenting that they “understand pupils well” and “are skilled at recognising the triggers that can cause pupils to become distressed.”

While the reports are overwhelmingly positive, they also outline a few ways the school could improve further. The school will be taking these forward to make sure they provide the best possible education and care to students. 

Lorraine Dormand, Principal of the National Autistic Society's Robert Ogden School, said:
“We have high expectations for all our students and are really pleased to see their good progress being recognised by the inspectors – and the parents they spoke to. 

“This is testament to the passion of our team and the hard work they put in every day to giving our students the best possible start in life.

“We’re constantly trying to improve and are really happy our new curriculum has been recognised and that it’s bedding so well. 

“We have a crucial role preparing the children and young people in our care for the world, and we place a huge emphasis on developing their social and communication skills. It’s wonderful seeing them grow and flourish.”

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Read the reports on Ofsted’s website: