Mayfield House Children’s Home in Stafford has been praised by Ofsted, the education watchdog, for offering "outstanding outcomes" for its children and young people.
Inspectors said young people "thrived" at the home, and enjoyed excellent relationships with the staff. The atmosphere in the home was relaxed, warm and nurturing, they said. Ofsted also praised the leadership and management of the home as "outstanding".
Inspectors said: "Education is central to the ethos of the home. Young people make exceptional progress in this area of their development. Their achievements in learning are discussed and celebrated on a daily basis during ‘chat time’. As a result, young people take pride in their achievements and celebrate their successes, and this supports their self-esteem and confidence."
The report added that youngsters received extremely personalised care tailored to support their personal achievements and this "bespoke care" meant they grew in confidence.
Mayfield is part of a residential special school registered to accommodate 22 children and young people with learning disabilities. It was rated "outstanding" in two areas, and "good" in a further two, with an overall judgement of "good", which Ofsted defines as "a service of high quality that exceeds minimum requirements".
Ofsted concluded: "The service has an immensely positive impact on young people and improves their life chances through personalised care, commitment and dedication."
Trevor Wilson-Smith, operations director of Priory Education Services, said: "This report is a credit to the young people and staff who work so hard together to achieve the best possible results. I am delighted that Ofsted inspectors recognised the positive ethos at Mayfield, and the great work that is being done to support and nurture the young people who attend this school.
"The report also recognises the strength of leadership at Mayfield. Working together for the most positive outcomes for our young people is at the heart of everything we do."
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