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Rossendale School quality of care for all pupils "outstanding"

Rossendale School in Bury, part of Priory Education Services, has been praised by Ofsted for its outstanding care of pupils - and the pupils’ equally outstanding behaviour.

In its latest report, Ofsted singled out the quality of teaching and said pupils made good progress, while the sixth form curriculum was described as "very effective" and the quality of care for all pupils was "outstanding".

The school in Ramsbottom was rated as "outstanding" in three criteria and "good" in three more, with an overall "good" rating.

The inspectors noted that: "the leadership and management of the school and the residential provision are outstanding (and) the school is highly successful at engaging with parents. It is tenacious when working with other agencies to ensure the well-being of young people."

Their report added: "Pupils have positive attitudes to learning, and make excellent improvements in behaviour over time because of the support and encouragement they receive from the whole staff. The passion and commitment of senior leaders drive the school forward."

One pupil told Ofsted inspectors: "I love coming to school – it’s done so much for me."

A parent added: "The best feeling in the world is being able to send your child to school knowing they are happy and safe and you know you don’t have to worry about them."

Rossendale is an independent day and residential special school for pupils aged seven to 18. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs. It opened in May 1989 as a school for pupils with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and has evolved to meet the needs of young people with learning difficulties including autism.

Helen Sharpe, managing director of Priory Education Services, said: "The highly positive report is terrific testament to the hard work and dedication of staff, the pupils, their families and carers. To achieve the most positive outcomes for our children and young people is at the very heart of what we do, and to receive this praise and verification from Ofsted is incredibly rewarding."

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