Staff and students at a Northumberland school have been celebrating after plenty of positives were highlighted in a report.
Following an inspection earlier in the year, Ofsted has given Nunnykirk School for Dyslexia a rating of good with areas of outstanding teaching.
Areas such as the achievement and behaviour of pupils, the quality of teaching and leadership and management were praised by the inspectors.
Part of the report says: “Nunnykirk is a good school and pupils of all ages and backgrounds make good progress and often make outstanding progress in their literary skills.
“Teaching is good and occasionally outstanding, because some of the teachers encourage pupils to inspire each other through working creatively and sharing their knowledge.”
The school provides education for pupils aged between nine and 18 with dyslexia and associated learning difficulties.
The report mentioned a ‘highly engaging’ Sixth-Form photography lesson where students made excellent progress, because their projects inspired them to direct their own learning through experimentation and the sharing of ideas.
Nunnykirk headteacher Carol Hodgson said: “It is very reassuring to learn that we are rated a good school by Ofsted as we know many of our pupils face significant challenges and we are always very proud of their achievements as well as the quality of our teaching.
“The report reflects the efforts of everyone involved with Nunnykirk – pupils, staff and parents.
“We focus not only on academic outcomes but also on the social and emotional development of our pupils.”
When pupils were asked for their views, they said they feel safe and happy in a friendly school and the staff provide a caring and supportive environment.
One of the parent comments highlighted by the inspectors was: “To have a child who was withdrawn, hated school, could not perform, did not achieve – that now has confidence, ability and a love of life is fantastic and all down to the help and support (of the school).”
The full report can be found online at www.ofsted.gov.uk