Boarding at Dallam School praised for allowing young people “to thrive”
Our boarding school has been praised by Ofsted for enabling boarders to make “outstanding progress across all aspects of their lives.”
Dallam School, in Milnthorpe, welcomes close to 130 young people into their boarding house in Heversham. During a three-day inspection last September, inspectors found all aspects of the provision to be Good and reserved special praise for the “excellent level of care” received by the boarders.
Among the very positive comments, the Inspection Team noted that:
- Boarders thrive in the boarding provision because leaders and staff place boarders at the centre of the service.
- Boarders make outstanding progress across all aspects of their lives as a result of attending the residential service.
- Boarders thoroughly enjoy their experiences and are extremely proud of the rewards they earn for improvements in both academic and outdoor education achievement.
- The boarding staff offer an excellent level of care. Staff work well with boarders, encouraging them to be involved in different aspects of the school, including sports, activities and volunteering within the community
Nigel Whittle, Headteacher, said: “There is a great deal for us to be proud of in this report. Our boarding staff work tirelessly to ensure that our young people not only feel safe and supported, but are also encouraged to try new things and express themselves.
“That is why, as delighted as we are that so many strong aspects of our boarding provision have been recognised by an independent inspection team, we believe the best testament of our boarding community is the boarders themselves.
“They really are a fantastic group of young people who grasp all the opportunities that come their way.”
The report also notes that, as a state-funded school, pupils’ parents pay only the costs of boarding, making boarding an affordable attraction of the school.
Mr Whittle added: “There is the perception that boarding in England is only available to the very wealthy. That is not the case, and we are delighted that we are able to offer such a high-standard or boarding provision that rivals and, in some cases, exceeds the best the independent sector can offer.”
“That being said, the inspectors found that there were a few historical issues related to how certain situations are managed and governed that we need to continue to focus on.
“What is pleasing, however, is the inspectors found arrangements put in place over the last six months, including strengthening the governing body and the multi-academy trust, and commissioning an external safeguarding audit, have had a positive impact.”
Milnthorpe, Cumbria LA7 7DD