Pupils and school staff at the William Henry Smith School has been given a glowing report in their Ofsted inspection.
The Rastrick school has been rated outstanding by inspectors who undertook a social care inspection of the school in November.
Michelle Moss, lead social care inspection, said in her findings that residential pupils are excellent ambassadors for the school.
“They are proud to show visitors around and to share their stories of success as a consequence of what the school has done to turn around their lives for the better.”
“The samless 24-hour curriculum enables residental pupils to thrive across all aspects of life from learning, building life skills, to staying safe and healthy.
“This is made possible through opportunities to maximise learning through creative approaches to teaching, to the wide-ranging activities that strengthen skills, interests, knowledge and enhance physical well-being.”
The school is a non-maintained special school for pupils with soical, emotional and behavioural difficultiesm who may also have additional needs that relate to specific learning difficulties including ADHD and ASD.
It offeers education and accomodation to boys aged between 8 and 16-years-old, with accomodation provided in five dedicated residential houses based on the school’s grounds.
Sue Ackroyd, director of student achievement, praised the significant effort , enthusiasm and determnation of all school staff for establising a strong, cohesive and inspiring approach to ots work and passion for improving the lives of young people.
“We have been working very hard to continually improve the array and depth pf social learning opportunities, in order to help our young people overcome challenging barriers.
“Our primary aim is to provide a solid platform to enhance self-worth, confidence and self esteem and to equip our young people with the skills, competencies and emotional resilience to make a successful transition from childhood to adulthood.”
the school would also like to thank its community partners, link schools and placing authorities for their support.