A CHILDREN’S home in Stratford has been rated good by Ofsted.
Inspectors published their report on Cherry Tree House on Friday (October 13) and highlighted that the children were looked after by staff who had their best interests at heart.
The report noted that staff are passionate about their role and have high aspirations for children. The relationships that children have with staff are a key factor in the progress that children make.
The report continued: “The children at Cherry Tree House are encouraged to improve their educational outcomes, the staff work closely with the children and schools to support their attendance and not miss out on educational opportunities. The children are able to take part in a range of activities in and out of the home to broaden their social experiences. For example, they have enjoyed holidays to the seaside, theme parks, laser tag and bowling.
“Additionally, children contribute to their local community and bake cakes and biscuits for their neighbours. As a result, children are welcomed into the social circles of their neighbourhood.”
WCC’s children and families spokesperson Coun Sue Markham said: “We are really proud of this report, the purpose of Cherry Tree House is to provide a safe and welcoming environment for our looked after young people and inspectors clearly found that to be the case. The report highlights the support and care from staff and their focus on the young people, which reflects our child friendly ambitions to help children and young people to be safe, skilled, heard, happy and healthy.”
Cherry Tree House is the first home for children to open in Warwickshire with plans in place to create similar homes elsewhere in the county.