Glowing report for an extra-special school

Glowing report for an extra-special school

A SCHOOL in Mirfield is celebrating a stellar inspection report from Ofsted.

The Hollybank Trust charity’s school for five- to 19-year-olds was rated outstanding.

The school was found to be doing so well that inspectors could only find one minor flaw – that staff could raise achievement even higher with further support to help pupils reach their personal targets.

The rest of the glowing assessment heaped lavish praise on the Far Common Road school.

Headteacher Ailsa Moore said: “We’re incredibly proud that the hard work of our pupils and staff has been recognised.”

The school, which has only 14 pupils, cares for children with profound and complex disabilities.

Inspectors wrote: “Pupils progress exceptionally well. They are very well prepared for the next step in their life.

“There is a highly successful and shared vision of the pursuit of excellent teaching, care and high standards in all the school’s work.”

Pupils work towards personal goals on mornings and then in groups during afternoons.

This is supported by activities such as music and art, plus sensory equipment and assistive technology.

Mrs Moore added: “Our work means pupils can do things like go out for a meal with their family.

“That’s something other people take for granted, but the children here were not able to do that before due to the nature of their disability.”

The Hollybank Trust is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

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