Boys’ school in Great Yarmouth praised for bespoke approach


01:34 PM July 12, 2022

A residential special education school in Great Yarmouth has been praised for its constructive culture by an education watchdog

The Bure Park Specialist Academy on Keyes Avenue – which was built on the site of the former Alderman Swindell Primary School – scored high on its first-ever Ofsted residential inspection.

One of the bedrooms provided to some of the students at Bure Park Specialist Academy.
– Credit: Brittany Woodman

The school, which welcomes boys with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH), offers residence places for 15 boys during the week and has a total cohort of 45 students.

Following their visit between May 23 and 25, Ofsted inspectors described the Bure Park Specialist Academy as ‘inspirational and committed to promoting positive experiences for children’ with ‘tailor-made’ resources to promote learning inside and outside the classroom.

The school has also been described as having created “a constructive, child-centred culture that promotes the best interests and achievements of children”.

Opening of the Bure Park Specialist Academy.  Greater Yarmouth.  Top left, Danielle Burgess, Senior childcare o

Bure Park Specialist Academy staff have been praised in their first Ofsted report. Danielle Burgess (top left), care manager Carl McLaren, school principal Hayley Ross (bottom left) and Kaya Laing, child care manager.
– Credit: Brittany Woodman

The management team were praised for having a “holistic understanding of children”, and other staff said they felt supported with a priority of the wellbeing of staff present at the school.

While leaders and managers have been praised for their high expectations of staff and children and their ambitions for the school’s residential model, the report says improvements can be made to ensure that the development and monitoring of children’s life skills, independence and progress continue at an appropriate pace.

Opening of the Bure Park Specialist Academy.  Greater Yarmouth.  Top School Principal Hayley Ross in New Lib

Headmistress Hayley Ross inside the library at Bure Park Specialist Academy.
– Credit: Brittany Woodman

Principal Hayley Ross said: “The boys who come to Bure Park have all had very troubled upbringings and are finally in a place where they feel they can succeed.

“We have an enthusiastic, dedicated and supportive team that goes above and beyond to provide students with stability alongside exciting experiences.

“We are extremely proud to have received an initial Ofsted rating of good and an excellent report which reflects the hard work of staff.”

Broad Horizons Education Trust also operates Eaton Hall Specialist Academy in Norwich, which is the only other residential SEMH special school in Norfolk.

Trust CEO Don Evans said: “The management and staff at Bure Park have done an incredible job of being able to establish such a positive culture in such a short time and we are delighted that the inspectors have recognized their excellent work.”


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