Alnwick children’s home rated outstanding

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An Alnwick children’s home has been classed as outstanding in a new Ofsted report, and is the first home in the county to achieve the rating.

Ofsted inspectors visited Thornbrae Children’s Home in September and have now produced a glowing report which highlighted particular achievements in management and safeguarding, along with an overall outstanding rating.

Commenting on the overall effectiveness of Thornbrae, Ofsted said: “The home is an exceptionally nurturing environment for young people, providing an environment which is homely, happy and safe.

“Staff are skilled, knowledgeable and have a thorough understanding of the different needs of each young person and how to meet them.”

It concluded: “The organisation of the home is extremely effective with strong leadership which provides sound support to staff.”

Home manager Adam Hall said: “It’s great to have been given such positive feedback from Ofsted – we’re the first children’s home in Northumberland to have secured an ‘outstanding’ rating.

“We’ve all worked really hard to achieve these results and a lot of credit must go to the children themselves.”

The service and children will, over the next few months, move to new accommodation in Alnwick. The newly-refurbished home, which is called Thorndale, will be for four young people aged between six and 15 years old.

The new accommodation has been fully refurbished to a high standard with en-suites offered in every bedroom, a large and spacious kitchen, a children’s play room and a large garden.

Coun Robert Arckless, policy board member for children’s services with Northumberland County Council, who recently opened the new site, added: “It’s brilliant to see the progress of the team in allowing looked-after children to have a family household experience.

“Ofsted have carried out a thorough inspection and praised all areas of work. We are confident Thorndale will continue to maintain the same high standards of care and support that has been offered at Thornbrae.”