Crossbar Coaching granted Ofsted status

Shropshire families will be able to reap the rewards after a county sports coaching company was granted Ofsted status.

Crossbar Coaching, who provide sport across the curriculum in a number of schools in Telford and Shrewsbury, believe being recognised by Ofsted is a reflection of their own high standards.

Gavin Cowan, director of Crossbar Coaching, said it was also good news for local parents who will now be able to claim child care costs via family tax credits whenever their children take part in one of the company's coaching sessions outside school hours.

"We are really pleased to be affiliated with Ofsted," said Mr Cowan. "It re-affirms the quality of the provision that we're delivering and it's also great news for parents who can tap in to potential tax credits.

"I don't think there's too many coaching companies that achieve this. It's been quite a drawn out process but absolutely worth it because I think Ofsted status re-affirms that people understand the quality of what we do."

Mr Cowan added he welcomed the checks Ofsted would carry out to check that standards are being maintained and stressed he was pleased that local families would also feel the financial benefits.

He said: "It's another big step forward for us. All schools have to answer to Ofsted and undertake Ofsted checks so we're now on a par with that.

"We're open to spontaneous visits when the Ofsted inspectors can come in and verify everything that we're doing.

"It shows us in a good light and that what we are delivering is of the highest standard."

"What's also notable is that for all the extra curricular after school clubs and holiday courses we run that parents will now be able to tap into the family tax credits and take advantage of that."

Ofsted is the office for standards in education, children’s services and skills. They report directly to Parliament and are independent and impartial.

Ofsted inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

Picture captions: Phil Trainer, the former AFC Telford United midfielder, conducts a Crossbar Coaching training session for youngsters.

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