‘Happy and inspirational’ special school hailed by Ofsted chief inspector

A special primary school is celebrating being hailed by Ofsted’s chief inspector as a happy and inspirational place, with leaders and governors committed to maintaining excellence that others can learn from.

Perseid School in Morden has been selected by Her Majesty’s chief inspector of education, children’s services and skills, Sir Michael Wilshaw as a shining example of a special school as part of his annual report published on 1 December.

The report, submitted to Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening MP, outlines Sir Michael’s findings at schools across the UK and details improvements and challenges with the education system.

The report stated children are keen to get off the bus to go to Perseid School because they enjoy going to school and described it as a happy and inspirational place. The report said external partners and other professionals recognise that leaders and governors are committed to ensuring the school remains a centre of excellence that others can learn from.

It stated: “All pupils continue to receive high-quality support to allow them to make outstanding progress. Parents say they appreciate the support and wrap-around care that is provided by all staff at the school. They miss it during the holidays because the school plays such a significant role in the lives of their children.”

Perseid School, in Middleton Road, Morden, is a day school for pupils with severe learning difficulties including those with physical and sensory disabilities. The school takes its name from the Perseid meteor shower and was chosen to reflect the school’s trail-blazing approach to teaching and learning.

Cabinet member for education Councillor Caroline Cooper-Marbiah said: “I am delighted that Perseid School has been recognised in this way by Sir Michael Wilshaw, the Ofsted chief inspector. We are committed to giving Merton’s children the best start in life and we are proud that Perseid has got the recognition it deserves.”

Headteacher Tina Harvey said: “We are thrilled to receive this further recognition from Ofsted, following our third Outstanding judgement in December last year. We commend our pupils for their achievement and thank our partners, as well as parents, staff and governors for their dedication, hard work and commitment. Their wonderful contribution makes Perseid such a vibrant and successful school and contributes to the fantastic educational experience of our young people.”

The Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills 2015/16, can be read at www.gov.uk.