STAFF and pupils at a special needs school are celebrating after education inspectors praised their hard work.
Ofsted visited Saxon Mount School last month and published its report this week commending the progress being made.
Robert Ellis, who carried out the inspection, rated the school in Edinburgh Road, St Leonards, as ‘good’.
Saxon Mount caters for children with autism and associated learning difficulties.
Mr Ellis said: “The school provides outstanding care, guidance and support. It is a welcoming and safe environment where all students are valued.
“Good leadership and management are embedding ambition and driving improvement successfully.
“The headteacher and other senior leaders are promoting a culture where there are high expectations of what students can achieve, both in lessons and over time. As a result, students achieve well and progress is accelerating.
“Teachers often go to great lengths to ensure that the curriculum is personalised by linking activities in class to individual student’s personal experiences and interests.”
Inspectors also said Saxon Mount had strong links with parents and carers and praised the students’ behaviour.
Richard Preece, headteacher, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the findings of the inspection team. We knew that the school had improved enormously in the last couple of years, despite facing some significant challenges.
“We achieved the prestigious National Autistic Society accreditation last July, which recognised some of our provision as excellent and we had a very positive interim inspection by Ofsted about a year ago.”
He said he and his staff were ‘tremendously pleased and surprised’ at the latest good results.
Mr Preece said: “I think it is fantastic that the report recognises improvements at every level at Saxon Mount and it reflects the dedication of the current staff team and the support of our pupils as well as their parents and carers.”
Pictured: Headteacher, Richard Preece, with Lozano, Rebecca, Ben and Bradley (CH07020).