‘Out­stand­ing’ dou­ble award at school for blind

Sun­shine House ‘ex­ceeds re­quire­ments’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Mort Smith mort.smith@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A SCHOOL for the blind and chil­dren’s res­i­den­tial home has achieved a dou­ble ‘out­stand­ing’ grad­ing fol­low­ing re­cent Of­sted in­spec­tions.

The rat­ing for the Royal Na­tional In­sti­tute of Blind Peo­ple’s (RNIB) Sun­shine House School and Res­i­dence, in North­wood, means that the school ‘is highly ef­fec­tive in de­liv­er­ing out­comes that pro­vide ex­cep­tion­ally well for all its pupils’ needs’, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

The chil­dren’s res­i­dence, which has been rated out­stand­ing in all in­spec­tions since Novem­ber 2011, was de­scribed as of­fer­ing ‘a ser­vice of ex­cep­tional qual­ity that sig­nif­i­cantly ex­ceeds

Th­ese fan­tas­tic achieve­ments demon­strate RNIB’s con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to de­liv­er­ing ex­cel­lent ser­vices”

min­i­mum re­quire­ments’.

The Of­sted re­port went on to say that pupils made out­stand­ing progress in aca­demic achieve­ment, in per­sonal skills and in phys­i­cal de­vel­op­ment and added that the teach­ing was out­stand­ing.

Les­ley-Anne Alexan­der CBE, RNIB’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “I’m ex­tremely proud of all staff and man­agers in­volved. Th­ese fan­tas­tic achieve­ments demon­strate the RNIB’s con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to de­liv­er­ing ex­cel­lent ser­vices for chil­dren with com­plex needs who are blind or par­tially sighted.”

The re­port also com­pli­mented the school’s care and short breaks, say­ing: ‘This is an em­pow­er­ing and en­abling ser­vice. It has a tremen­dously pos­i­tive im­pact on the lives of chil­dren and their fam­i­lies.’

RNIB Sun­shine House, in North­wood, is a spe­cial­ist school of­fer­ing care and short breaks for blind and par­tially-sighted chil­dren with sig­nif­i­cant learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and dis­abil­i­ties, aged two to 14 years.

It also of­fers support and ser­vices for fam­i­lies, work­ing in al­liance with the Eden Academy, a multi-academy trust in Hilling­don and Har­row.

n CEL­E­BRA­TION: Pupils, par­ents and staff at Sun­shine House

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