WISBECH: Meadowgate School marked outstanding, five months after head committed suicide

PUBLISHED: 13:45 09 July 2009 | UPDATED: 09:10 02 June 2010

MEADOWGATE School in Wisbech has been awarded top marks and declared to be outstanding by government inspectors. The inspection at the school for special needs children came just five months after former headmaster Neil Sears committed suicide, and the

MEADOWGATE School in Wisbech has been awarded top marks and declared to be "outstanding" by government inspectors.

The inspection at the school for special needs children came just five months after former headmaster Neil Sears committed suicide, and the OfSTED report shows he has left a legacy of high quality teaching, and exceptional pupil enjoyment.

The glowing report says: "this is an outstanding school where everyone is totally committed to making the best use of every minute of the day."

Last month at Mr Sears' inquest, coroner William Morris had said: "There is absolutely no doubt he was an excellent headmaster."

The OfSTED report says that "parents and carers are very positive about sending their children to the school, because of the very high standard of care and range of opportunities provided.

"Parents report that the school is exceptional, the staff are highly skilled, very hard working, and dedicated to all the children in their care. Inspectors agree."

The school has 118 pupils aged from two to 19, with a variety of special educational needs. Many areas of the school have been judged to be outstanding, including teaching, leadership and the personal development of pupils.

Deputy head Carolyn Dobson is currently acting as head teacher, a new head is due to take over the reins in September.

She said: "Everyone at Meadowgate is thrilled that we have been judged to be an outstanding school. I should like to thank everyone who is part of the Meadowgate team, especially staff, governors, pupils and parents, for helping us achieve this success."

In the inspectors' report, pupils were praised for their good behaviour and enjoyment of school. "Personal development and well-being are outstanding because every activity is planned to take into account the individual health, social and educational needs of pupils," it said. "Pupils' enjoyment of school is exceptional. Behaviour is almost always extremely good.


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