Wisbech independent school EYS gets an “outstanding” from Ofsted


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An independent school in Wisbech has been rated as “outstanding” in all areas by Ofsted.

Education & Youth Services Ltd, of Anglia Way, is praised by inspectors for its “excellent” teaching, while students, who in many cases “faced difficulties” elsewhere, make “exceptional” progress.

The majority of students continue with their education or progress to apprenticeships and get jobs after leaving the centre. Several students, since attending the school, have set up their own businesses.

The report said: “Students’ behaviour is outstanding. They are enthusiastic learners who work hard during lessons. The centre’s work to keep students safe is exemplary.

“The centre provides students with a range of courses that are matched ideally to their needs. In the light of students’ rapid progress, the centre is currently enhancing this range of courses to provide more challenge for those who have the potential to attain at higher levels.

“Teaching is excellent. Tutors are passionate about their subjects. They inspire students and support their progress exceptionally well. Tutors assess students’ attainment and progress accurately.

“All students have faced difficulties in learning, and many had very poor attendance at their previous schools.

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“They make exceptional progress at the centre and invariably attain the challenging targets set for them.

“Students do outstandingly well in gaining nationally recognised vocational qualifications and awards.”

Head teacher Virginia Langley said: “Two years ago, because we had so few pupils, our future was on shaky ground. So, in two years, to go from that to being rated as outstanding in all areas is brilliant, amazing.

“We help 14 to 18 year olds (previously 16-18 year olds) who are seen as underachievers and not ready for college. Last year, 82 per cent of our students saw positive progression, which means they went into further education, apprenticeships or jobs. They became productive members of society as opposed to signing on.

“One of the biggest barriers for our children is transport, so we put on a free minibus. We try and remove as many barriers as possible.”