Trusts’ schools given ‘outstanding’ rating by Ofsted inspectors

Praise for work of teachers at young people's wards at CPFT and Addenbrooke's

Trusts’ schools given ‘outstanding’ rating by Ofsted inspectors
05 December 2016

The education of youngsters admitted to wards at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been declared ‘outstanding’.

Ofsted recently visited Cambridge to see schools at the three young people’s inpatient units - the Croft Child and Family Unit, the Darwin Centre for Young People, and the Phoenix Centre - at CPFT’s Ida Darwin site and at the C2 and D2 wards at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

It is the third time in a row the schools, which are collectively known as the Pilgrim Pupil Referral Unit, have been given the ‘outstanding’ rating.

Head of the schools, Amanda Morris-Drake, received particular credit for her leadership, described by inspectors as “calm, unassuming, thorough, understanding and robust”.

She said: “I am delighted with the inspectors’ verdict. This is a very special place to work. It takes a real team effort to ensure all the pupils we support get the very best education possible when they are away from their usual schools, and it’s fantastic that this has again been recognised.”

Numbers of pupils can vary depending how many young people are admitted to the wards, but 18 staff teach about 50 pupils per day. Pupils range from four-years-old to 18-years-old, and lessons broadly take place between about 10am and 3pm, and are fitted around clinical treatments.

Mrs Morris-Drake, who is employed by Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “The length of time pupils are with us can vary enormously from a few days to a number of months. We work very closely with the pupils’ schools and with their parents while they are with us to ensure their academic progress is maintained. We also work very hard on their emotional wellbeing as well, so they have the confidence to return to their home schools after they have been away.”

Rob Bode, interim modern matron for the Croft, Phoenix and Darwin wards at CPFT, said: “The inspectors particularly praised comments from parents about the links between health and education. Clearly that is something that is vital to the work of staff at the pupil referral unit, and the feedback shows how well that is working. I am delighted for Amanda and all her staff.”

Ofsted inspectors looked at five key areas – leadership, teaching, welfare, personal development, and overall effectiveness – and declared the Pilgrim Pupil Referral Unit ‘outstanding’ in each category. The full inspectors’ report is due to be published shortly.

The three CPFT young people’s inpatient units are:

The Croft Child and Family Unit provides mental health services for children under 13. It is the only unit in the UK offering specialist residential treatment for children with their parents and siblings, known as the "whole family approach".

The Darwin Centre for Young People assesses and treats young people aged from 13 to 18 who are suffering from serious mental health illness.

The Phoenix Centre is a specialist unit for young people aged 13 to 18 years-old suffering from complex eating disorders.

Pictured above are Amanda Morris-Drake, head of the Pilgrim Pupil Referral Unit (second left) with staff members Nadine Gooding-Hebert and Catherine Fraser-Andrews with Rob Bode, interim modern matron of the children’s inpatient units at CPFT


For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Communications Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 07893 340795


Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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