RNIB Pears Centre for specialist learning has been given the highest rating by Ofsted in a recent inspection.
The Centre received a double ‘outstanding’ grading, which means that the school is ‘highly effective in delivering outcomes that provide exceptionally well for all its pupils’ needs.’
The rating is in addition to the ‘outstanding’ grading that the children’s home at the Centre received after an inspection in November last year.
The Centre’s head teacher, Andy Moran, said: “I'm delighted that the quality of our education has been rated to be outstanding by Ofsted, as well as our care. I know that staff, parents, governors and in particular the young people are very pleased with this outcome. It confirms to us that we're doing the right thing for the young people we support."
Lesley-Anne Alexander, chief executive of the RNIB (pictured), added: "These fantastic achievements demonstrate our continued commitment to delivering exemplary services for children and young people with complex needs who are blind or partially sighted, and our commitment to sharing this specialist expertise with others."
The report found that ‘increasing proportions of students are reaching or exceeding their targets even though these are individually challenging.’ It also stated that ‘the achievement of students is so positive because of the outstanding impact of the teams that support learning in every class… the role of other adults, such as teaching assistants and therapists, are crucial in supporting every student to fulfil their physical and learning potential.’
The full report can be downloaded from the RNIB website, www.rnib.org.uk