Ellern Mede School is delighted to have been rated ‘outstanding’ in all categories following an Ofsted inspection in February 2022. This is the third consecutive time that the School has been graded outstanding over the last 13 years. The school operates two different settings; educating young people with eating disorders being treated as inpatients in Mill Hill; and offering a bespoke independent school provision for young people with underlying social, emotional and mental health needs at a new campus in Whetstone.

Ofsted rated the school ‘outstanding’ in all categories.

Effectiveness of leadership and management:

  • “Leaders and staff and the proprietor are determined to ensure that pupils receive the very best support… prioritise pupils’ educational, social and emotional needs”

Quality of education:

“Staff motivate pupils to achieve… are ambitious for pupils’ academic success… consider pupils’ individual needs and plan for them meticulously.”

Personal development:

“Staff show immense care and help all pupils to thrive… every pupil can achieve their potential…Pupils receive high quality support to prepare them for life beyond the school, including career options open to them.”

Behaviour and attitudes:

“The school is friendly, welcoming and calm… Pupils attitudes to their learning are excellent… Pupils are happy… Staff used personalised strategies to manage behaviour highly effectively.”

Head teacher Adel Shirbini, along with all the staff at the school are thrilled with the result.

“Our Ofsted report validates the wonderful culture we have created at EMS over the last decade. It correctly identifies the strengths of our exceptional leadership team and expert teachers, alongside the specialist approach of all our staff. Our expertise supports young people who join us with severe challenges and enables them to all make significant progress both academically and pastorally. I am proud that the work we do has been recognised in such effusive terms.”

Coming so soon after the opening of the new provision in Whetstone has given tremendous validation to the efforts of the Ellern Mede staff. The School is currently operating in the ‘Friary Hall’ whilst the former Oakleigh Park United Reformed Church building is under renovation. In September 2022 the site will open fully, and the Orange Tree School (as it will be known) will cater for young people aged 11-18 who are struggling in mainstream education settings

The hospital school in Mill Hill has been an industry leader for many years, ensuring that the most vulnerable young people are able to access their education and keep on track with their peers whilst they recover from severe eating disorders.

Proprietor Peter Curtis added:

“This report highlights the exceptional opportunities that are available to children and young people in our care. The Ofsted report reaffirms my everyday experience that providing young people with a safe, secure, and nurturing environment where they can learn, helps even the most vulnerable to flourish. I am extremely pleased that the tireless work of our teachers, support staff and senior leadership team has been recognised in this way.”

For further information about Ellern Mede School please visit https://www.ellernmedeschool.com/

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