The Children’s Trust School achieves outstanding Ofsted rating

Published on: 10/11/23

The Children's Trust School


We are thrilled to announce that The Children’s Trust School is officially an Outstanding Provider following our most recent inspection from Ofsted Education.

Our School was rated outstanding across all areas that were assessed. Ofsted inspectors praised the dedication, skill and passion of our staff who are driven to ensure all children and young people with neurodisability and complex needs experience life in all its richness.  

Read our full inspection report.

A caring, child-centred culture 

A caring, child-centred culture is tangible throughout the organisation from the work of trustees through to daily classroom interactions. 

The inspection report highlighted many areas where the School is excelling, citing that:  

  • Children flourish at the school and their individuality is recognised and nurtured. 
  • The education that children receive helps them participate more confidently in the world around them.  
  • Staff are experts at teaching children to communicate using a range of methods personalised to each individual. This work empowers children, helping them to find their voice.  
  • Lessons are characterised by moments of wonder and celebration. 
  • Children benefit from a strong focus on accessible art and music, both as areas of study and as a therapeutic input. 

One parent added:

[The School] opens up a whole new world for the children. 

Thank you to our team 

Our staff were praised for their expertise, while our leadership team was commended for creating a culture where everyone is eager to reflect and learn.  

Melanie Burrough, Director of Therapies and Education at The Children’s Trust, said:  

We are thrilled that our School has been recognised as an Outstanding Provider by Ofsted Education. This achievement has only been made possible by the dedication and creativity of all our staff, the energy and enthusiasm of our children and young people, and the support of our families, donors and commissioning partners. 

We will continue to work hard to offer children and young people with neurodisability and complex needs the most meaningful opportunities to learn, as well as strive to provide parents and families with the best possible information and support. 

An outstanding school for your child or a child you support 

The Children’s Trust School supports children and young people aged 2-19 with a wide range of needs including complex education, health, therapy and care requirements.  

We currently have placements available for both day and residential children. To make an enquiry, please contact our Placements Team on 01737 365080 or email

What makes our school outstanding?

Meet some of our children and explore activities that contribute to making our School outstanding.

Indy on her Drive Deck

Indy leads the way

12-year-old Indy enjoys taking part in music, art and drama. She has Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy and is a residential student at The Children’s Trust School. For Allied Health Professionals Day, we found out how the team supports Indy’s individual needs.

Olivia sat on the trampoline during a rebound therapy session at The Children's Trust

Olivia’s experience at The Children’s Trust nursery

Five-year-old Olivia is a pupil at The Children’s Trust School, starting in the nursery in January 2020. Her family found out about The Children’s Trust School through their Portage team in Merton – an educational support service for children with significant additional needs and disabilities and their families.

Music Therapist, Sophie in a Therapy session

Music therapy

Music therapists use music to work towards therapeutic goals. It is a particularly powerful intervention for those who have difficulties communicating verbally.