Mel John-Ross, Executive Director for Children’s Services, said: “We are disappointed with the overall Ofsted judgement at the Family Centre and we will work tirelessly to make the changes necessary. Whilst we do have to make improvements in some areas, the Ofsted inspectors highlighted many strengths at Grimethorpe Family Centre. These included the setting having a well-planned, strong curriculum that helps children develop, with a particular focus on communication and language development. Our SEND provision is good, and we have good links to the wider community.
“We know there is more to do on our safeguarding procedures and training, and ensuring we consistently refer to more specialist or statutory services when appropriate. We developed a detailed improvement plan to make sure all Ofsted recommendations are implemented, and all actions from the OFSTED report have now been completed. We’ll also share teachings across all our Family Centres, to ensure the highest standards and quality of education.
“We’ll closely monitor the improvement plan in the coming weeks and months. If families would like to talk to us about this or receive any support, please call our Families Information Service on 0800 0345 340.”