Worthing special needs club graded outstanding

Ashown support worker Katie Burt with children who attend the club
Ashown support worker Katie Burt with children who attend the club

AN OUTSTANDING Ofsted report has been given to a Worthing club which provides care for children with special needs.

Guild Care’s Ashdown Club received the rating for an inspection which was carried out in July. In every area judged by inspectors, a grade of outstanding was given.

The club, in Ashdown Road, which supports 79 children aged five to 18, offers short breaks on Saturdays, Wednesday evenings and during the school holiday periods.

The report said “children flourished within the calm, friendly environment and easily access the wide range of good quality resources”.

Charlotte Brackley, who manages the service, was described as an “inspirational leader with a passion that motivates those around her”.

The report also said Ashdown is well-managed and rigorously monitored both by the immediate team and by senior management and that the adult to child ratios often exceed the minimum requirements.

To further improve, inspectors suggested the club could strengthen existing systems for carrying out observations and assessments to accommodate children’s individual patterns of attendance, for example, by improving consistency of evaluation across all aspects of the curriculum.

Guild Care’s chief executive, Suzanne Millard, said: “Congratulations to Charlotte and her team at Ashdown for this excellent achievement.

“Their passion and commitment to the service has resulted in a first-class report of which they can all be very proud.”