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Mary Hare celebrating after care provision awarded 'Good'

Mary Hare staff and students are celebrating after the school’s residential provision was rated as ‘good’ following an Ofsted care inspection.

Mary Hare School provides education and residential care for more than 230 deaf young people across primary and secondary school years.

Last month, the school received positive news when their recent care inspection resulted in a very encouraging ‘Good’ Ofsted report.

The school's care provision was rated as 'Good' (56982478)
The school's care provision was rated as 'Good' (56982478)

This report focuses on the care and residential experience of pupils, most of whom board at the school.

Feedback from the report said “leaders are ambitious for the children at the school” and that “parents and social workers are positive about the difference being at the school has made to children’s lives.”

It continued: “Children are accepted for their diverse cultures and identities.

“This helps them to develop confidence, where this was lacking when they attended other schools – including how they feel about their deafness and what is important to them.”

It was reported that staff continued to offer support during Covid-19 restrictions, with one child saying “the school staff saved my life” during this period.

Mary Hare principal, Peter Gale, said: “Pupils greatly enjoy their experience as boarders at Mary Hare and it is really good to see this recognised in this report.

“I am grateful to our care staff, who lead this provision and all the other departments and functions which contribute to this success.”

Robin Askew, vice principal of care, said: “It is very apparent that the provision has a positive impact on the academic, social, and emotional development of our pupils and this prepares our pupils well for transitioning to university, college or work.

“The report is testament to the hard work of all staff at Mary Hare.”

The last care inspection took place at Mary Hare in 2019, with further routine inspections delayed due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The inspection took place in March 2022 of the residential provision, under the social care common inspection framework, for pupils across primary, secondary and sixth form year groups.

To read the full Ofsted report, visit the Mary Hare website.

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