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Underhills and The Crescent receive positive feedback...

Two of Priory’s children’s homes have been praised by education inspectors, Ofsted. Underhills children’s home in Little Malvern, Worcestershire has been praised by education inspectors for its good level of care and The Crescent children’s home in Rugeley, Staffordshire, have been praised by Ofsted for offering outstanding outcomes for young people with autism and special needs.

Underhills children’s home – Ofsted feedback

Ofsted said the home, run by Priory Education Services, part of the Priory Group, provides “individualised care and support that helps young people” and “young people feel safe”.

One parent told inspectors: “All the staff are fantastic.” The Ofsted report said: “Relationships between staff and young people are positive … staff interact positively with young people and young people. The home provides young people with a good level of personalised care.

“Staff actively work to engage young people in positive activities and develop interests and activities outside of the home, such as having music and horse riding lessons.  The home is homely and well maintained. Management arrangements in the home are good. The manager and staff develop positive relationships with parents and other professionals.”

Ofsted said its overall rating of the home, which accommodates young people with difficult and challenging behaviour, was “good”, which means the service is “of high quality that exceeds minimum requirements”.

The Crescent children’s home – Ofsted feedback

Ofsted said The Crescent in Blithbury was making a “measureable difference” to the lives of its residents. Inspectors said staff used their enthusiasm and knowledge “to provide personalised and well-planned care”.

In their report, they said: “Young people enjoy warm, open and trusting relationships with staff. Staff work creatively to ensure young people have many opportunities to experience successful social and community interaction. Pupils made “consistent progress…they are extremely well supported by staff who utilise their considerable skill in identifying and solving potential problems”.

Parents praised the home and said “it supports my child very well” and “school and staff support is second to none”. 

Ofsted inspectors added: “Young people demonstrate confidence in their environment and in the staff that support them. Young people enjoy living at the home. Those with autism develop an understanding of the starting point, and the steps they need to take in order to progress. They receive consistent and intuitive support from staff to help them overcome any difficulties in relationships.”

The home, which was rated overall as “good”, is part of a residential special school, with two adjacent houses to accommodate 14 children and young people with learning disabilities. Half are currently over the age of 18 and leave the home as they finish their education at school.

Helen Sharpe, managing director of Priory Education Services, said: “This positive independent endorsement is a reflection of the huge efforts made by staff, residents, and their families and carers day in, day out. Working together for the most positive outcomes for our young people is at the heart of everything we do.”

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