Ofsted awards top marks for school’s outstanding work

Children from Red Marsh School celebrate their outstanding Ofsted report with headteacher Catherine Dellow.

Children from Red Marsh School celebrate their outstanding Ofsted report with headteacher Catherine Dellow.

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Leaders of an “exceptionally successful” school for children with special needs have said they are glowing with pride after an outstanding Ofsted report.

Inspectors gave the highest rating to Red Marsh School, Thornton, after visiting the school, which caters for children aged from two to 19 with severe learning difficulties.

While many of the school’s 82 pupils have “complex learning and medical needs” and face challenges communicating, the inspectors noted they make both “rapid progress” and “outstanding achievements”.

And school bosses said they were particularly pleased with the inspectors’ observations that Red Marsh School “has gone from strength to strength since its previous outstanding inspection.”

The report adds that Red Marsh is a “very happy school where staff and 
pupils all feel valued, 
respected and exceptionally well supported.”

It says as a result, pupils’ achievement is “outstanding.”

Headteacher Catherine Dellow said: “We’ve maintained our outstanding rating against a harder framework to achieve that.

“I’m immensely proud of my staff and pupils and support from the community, we have great team work. It was wonderful to read the report.”