Ofsted Outstanding

We are proud to be an Ofsted Outstanding school. The OHS was first judged as Outstanding in July 2017 and has retained this status in the most recent inspection in June 2023. Here are some of the great things Ofsted had to say following their inspection in June 2023.

Pupils achieve extremely well during their time at Oxfordshire Hospital School. Adults have very high expectations for pupils’ achievement. They sensitively and positively support pupils to engage with learning when pupils are well enough to do so.


Teaching staff expertly build warm, professional and trusting relationships with pupils.


Pupils show positive attitudes to learning. They enjoy their lessons and feel happy and very safe. Pupils who are inpatients say that doing schoolwork gives them a sense of normality in an environment that is anything but normal for them.


Parents and carers praise the teaching staff for their compassionate, nurturing approach. One parent said the school was the answer to her prayers.


Leaders’ attention to detail helps the school to meet their high ambitions for pupils’ academic achievement and emotional and social well-being. . One example of the school’s achievement is the very high proportion of pupils who successfully reintegrate back into a school when they are well enough to do so.


Teaching staff are highly trained in hospital education. This includes knowing how to adapt learning to meet medical needs and the needs of any pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). They adeptly respond to pupils’ changing needs, adapting the curriculum and recapping on prior teaching to help pupils learn extremely well.


The school’s focus on pupils’ wider development is exceptional. Personal, social and health education is highly bespoke.


Leaders and governors recognise the dedication of staff. They make sure their well-being is strongly prioritised. Staff are extremely, and rightly, proud to work at the school.


Leaders and staff are well trained in safeguarding and child protection. They constantly check on pupils’ well-being and safety. Communication with other agencies, in particular the NHS, is very strong. This means that pupils quickly get any additional help they need to keep safe.

The June 2023 report is available to read here

You can read previous reports on the Ofsted website