OUTSTANDING: Lancashire primary school receives highest Ofsted rank

TOPS: Royal Cross pupils celebrate their outstanding Ofsted report

TOPS: Royal Cross pupils celebrate their outstanding Ofsted report

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OUTSTANDING! That’s the official verdict on Lancashire’s only state primary school for the deaf.

The Royal Cross School in Preston, which caters for children with hearing impairments and youngsters with other special educational needs, has received the highest ranking possible from Ofsted.

Royal Cross School for Deaf, in Ashton has received an outstanding Ofsted report

Royal Cross School for Deaf, in Ashton has received an outstanding Ofsted report

Inspectors from the Office for Standards in Education graded the Elswick Road school outstanding in all five inspection categories, describing the early years provision “exceptional”.

But, headteacher Ruth Bonney said her team won’t be “resting on our laurels.”

The school caters for deaf pupils and those with speech and language needs from across the county and a small proportion from neighbouring areas. Most of the youngsters have additional special needs.

The quality of education, as well as the care provided for pupils was highly praised and inspectors were impressed with both the way the curriculum is very well matched and the strong relationships between staff and pupils.

We offer a high standard of education already, but despite this we are continually looking at ways to improve.

Ruth Bonney

Staff were described as “exceptionally gifted and skilful” while pupils’ behaviour was “outstanding Royal Cross was described as a “very happy school”

Ruth said: “We are delighted to have been officially recognised by Ofsted as an outstanding school once more.

“We offer a high standard of education already, but despite this we are continually looking at ways to improve.

“Our school meets the needs of pupils with a hearing impairment and also with special educational needs. We have a strong focus on leadership and treat every pupil as an individual, ensuring they have an equal opportunity to succeed, whatever their needs and background. Our pupils are happy and confident.”