Outstanding Ofsted report for The Milestone School in Gloucester
IMPRESSED inspectors have given a Gloucester special school an outstanding report.
The all-areas outstanding Ofsted report for The Milestone School is down to staff and pupils alike "giving 120 per cent" said headteacher Lyn Dance.
The 300-pupil school, in Longlevens, has been told by inspectors, who visited in September, that in every area they looked, the school was outstanding.
Mrs Dance said: "We are, of course, absolutely delighted. It is all down to the staff and pupils who all give 120 per cent.
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"The effort that the children put in did not go unnoticed. It is no secret that it is hard for them as many of them have learning difficulties so they have done brilliantly.
"Our biggest achievement for me is from where the students are when they arrive, to what they are like when they leave us. They leave prepared for the bigger world that awaits them. I'm also pleased with the work we do to support other schools."
In his report, lead Ofsted inspector Martyn Groucutt said: "Overall the progress the pupils make is exceptional because of the school's relentless focus on helping every one of them to achieve of their best, despite the increasing complexity of their needs over time.
"Teaching is inspirational, and teachers and their learning support workers plan and work together in great detail. This means that all the adults in classrooms are focused on getting the best possible outcomes for the pupils with whom they are working.
"Outcomes are outstanding at every stage from when pupils enter to when they leave the school."
Parent Amanda Wall said: "I have taken my son to The Milestone ever since he was two and a half years old and they are simply brilliant.
"It is an absolutely amazing school."
Many parents have held fundraising events for the school over the years because they have been so impressed by the education their children receive. But Mrs Dance said there was more to be done on improving the school building to give pupils more room, but that any changes would be reliant on receiving the funding for it.