13th Dec, 2019

Willow Trees childrens club finds the key to a successful Ofsted report

Ross Crawford 19th May, 2018

STAFF at a before and after school club in Church Hill are celebrating after being rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted – – six months after being branded as ‘Inadequate’.

Not only that but they came within a whisker of being classified as ‘Outstanding’, said deputy manager Lewis Frampton.

Ofsted threw the book at Willow Trees Before & After School & Holiday Club back in November 2017 when the inspector found one of their doors didn’t have a coded key lock, saying this was a ‘gap in safeguarding’.

This was enough to mark them down, said deputy manager Lewis Frampton.

Now with the lock replaced Ofsted have gone on to praise the centre’s strong leadership, its dedicated staff and the positive environment they’ve created for the children.

The inspector adds that but for the outdoor area being more suitable for younger children rather than older ones an ‘Outstanding’ rating was on the cards.

“We’re over the moon,” said Lewis.

“The door they complained about last time did have a lock on it, but Ofsted said it had to be a coded lock, which we quickly changed, but we had to wait six months for them to come out and inspect us again.”

The centre runs a popular breakfast and after school club while more than 40 children enjoy its holiday club.

“All this is done in a secure environment but on Thursdays Slimmers World use our main room and we use a slightly smaller one, which didn’t have the coded lock,” said Lewis.

“However that’s all changed now.”

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