Pupils making ‘extraordinary progress’ at More House School, says Ofsted

By Colin Channon   |   Editorial manager   |
Friday 18th March 2022 7:00 am
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Head of boarding Fred Pennell and headteacher Jonathan Hetherington holding the Ofsted report in front of the school entrance
Head of boarding Fred Pennell and headteacher Jonathan Hetherington holding the Ofsted report in front of the school entrance (More House School )

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PUPILS and staff at the nationally-celebrated More House School in Frensham are again celebrating a great Ofsted inspection result.

The school, a specialist school for intelligent boys with developmental language disorders, dyslexia and associated conditions, has been awarded the highest grades across the board following a recent routine inspection of its provision for boarding pupils.

More House School, a registered charity, is recognised as the largest school in the country for pupils with special educational needs and is a leader in the field.

The school has also developed nationally-accredited qualifications for teachers and learning-support assistants, demonstrating its commitment to improving nationally the education for neuro-diverse children and young people.

The school regularly provides free-of-charge training to teachers and school leaders from the state-maintained and independent sectors.

More House students achieve exam results which are above the national averages for good passes at GCSE and A-level, and a majority of its sixth formers progress to university, despite every pupil facing the barriers of specific learning difficulties and weaknesses in their developmental language.

Most pupils at the school are funded by their local authority, and approximately a fifth of the school’s 490 pupils board during the school week.

Visiting the school in January, the inspectors found pupils boarding at More House ‘make exceptional progress’ and ‘thrive in a safe environment’.  Their report, published last month, stated: ‘The residential provision is exceptionally well managed’.

Headmaster, Jonathan Hetherington said: “We know the experience of our boarding pupils is exceptional, and a key factor in their success.

“This inspection reconfirmed the findings of our previous years’ inspections: that More House School is an exceptional environment.”

The school, with a rich 80-year history, is a strong supporter of local youth and charitable organisations, providing facilities free of charge to children’s sports, music and drama groups.

It is currently seeking planning permission to convert land along Hamlash Lane, rescued from potential housing developers, into amenities for school and local sports use, for the benefit of disadvantaged pupils and the local community.

The school hopes the plans will also reduce traffic congestion in Frensham and increase safety.

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