A Sheffield special school for pupils with physical disabilities and severe learning difficulties has been rated ‘outstanding’ by a team of inspectors.
The Paces School in High Green uses a technique known as conductive education to help children overcome their problems with movement, so extending their potential for learning and personal development.
Inspectors found that pupils throughout the school were achieving well beyond what many of their parents thought was possible.
Over time they made outstanding progress both in their physical capabilities and in their capacity to learn.
The children’s achievements in reading, writing and maths were all excellent, thanks to highly skilled teaching based upon effective approaches to learning.
All the parents who gave an opinion said they would recommend the school to others and were full of praise for its work.
Every child received planned and co-ordinated support, providing a base for excellent progress in school. Inspectors found the pupils’ behaviour was outstanding and they thoroughly enjoyed their school experience.
Their relationships with staff and each other were warm and friendly, while the children also felt safe and placed a great deal of trust in the staff.
The school’s senior staff and governors were deeply committed to every pupil’s success and the headteacher provided outstanding leadership.
Chief executive Norman Perrin said everyone was absolutely delighted with the verdict.