Eresby School graded Outstanding by Ofsted

Eresby School, Spilsby, has received glowing praise from Ofsted after being awarded the highest grading in their latest inspection.

Inspectors praised the Special School for the “outstanding quality of education” offered to pupils, and found how “incredibly proud” everyone is to be part of the school.

One pupil said to the inspection team that “my school is fantastic”, which was noted by the lead inspector as being “typical of pupils’ responses.”

This is the third time in a row that Eresby School has been found to be Outstanding by Ofsted, something that the Headteacher, Michele Holiday, takes great pride in.

Ms Holiday said: “What I think really comes across in the report is how passionate everyone is about assuring that we strive for, and achieve, the very best for our pupils.

“I am delighted that this is one of the key things the Inspectors found. A school like ours relies on the expertise of teachers, support staff and governors but also the therapists, professionals and other individuals who ensure we are able to help every child reach their full potential.

“It is an incredibly rewarding team to be part of.”


Comments in the report include:

  • Pupils are extremely well behaved in lessons and around school. The staff work exceptionally well together and, therefore, provide excellent role models for pupils in how people should treat each other.
  • Teachers “are highly skilled” and leaders have “created a culture where staff can flourish”.
  • Pupils make rapid progress in all academic subjects and the range of courses for 16–19-year-olds continue to be outstanding.
  • The local governing body is passionate about improving the school for the benefit of all pupils and demonstrate a high level of commitment to the school and contributes effectively to the drive for continual improvement.
  • The senior leadership team has high aspirations for pupils, themselves and all adults in the school. Pupils, staff and parents work brilliantly together in order to make the very best of all opportunities.
  • Inspectors were assured that the school joining the David Ross Education Trust has enabled pupils to access more enrichment activities and has led to improved support for the school.


Michele continued: “When the Inspection team arrived I said that I thought the school was stronger than it has ever been, and I am delighted that they agreed with that  view.”

Wendy Marshall, Chief Executive of the David Ross Education Trust, said: “When Eresby joined our network of academies in 2013, I knew that we were welcoming a school that could rightly say it was amongst the very best of its type in the country.

“Over the last three years, I have been continually impressed by everything that I have seen at Eresby and that original view has never waivered.

“Under the fantastic leadership of Eresby’s governing body and senior leaders, the school has continued to fly. The pupils are enthused to be part of such a nurturing environment, and are a credit to themselves and their school.”