The headteacher’s calm, determined and encouraging leadership has taken the school from strength to strength since the previous inspection.
The headteacher is extremely well supported by her excellent deputy headteacher and by a highly effective staff team.
All members of staff play a valuable role in supporting pupils’ learning and well-being. They are caring and extremely knowledgeable about pupils’ needs.
Skilful teaching ensures that pupils make exceptionally strong progress, both academically and personally, across a range of subjects.
Leaders and teachers make good use of assessment information to check pupils’ progress and to make any adjustments to teaching needed to support pupils’ learning.
Pupils feel safe and secure. They say that everyone in school looks after them very well. One confidently commented: ‘There’s no danger in school.’
Pupils welcome visitors with interest. They are fiercely proud of their school and speak enthusiastically about their achievements. One pupil said: ‘There should be more schools like this one, so that more children can benefit from the same excellent education.’
Pupils almost always behave exceptionally well. They are keen to learn and work hard in lessons. Pupils who have complex behavioural needs make huge strides forward in managing their behaviour.
Parents and carers are very appreciative of the school’s work. One parent reflected the views of parents generally when she said: ‘Birtley House has been the absolute making of my child.’
Extremely effective leadership and rigorous procedures ensure that the independent school standards are met. However, governance does not bring the same rigour and challenge to all aspects of its work in monitoring the school’s performance.