Special school's early Christmas gift is an outstanding report in all areas
CHRISTMAS has come early for a special school marked as "outstanding" in its latest Ofsted report.
St Martins School, in Alvaston, a secondary school for pupils with special educational needs, has been marked outstanding in all areas by the Office for Standards in Education.
Head teacher Gary Dodds said he was very pleased with the result.
He said: "Our outstanding Ofsted report is an early Christmas present for everyone associated with St Martins.
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"It is a confirmation of the commitment and dedication of all our staff teams who constantly focus on providing the best learning experiences and opportunities for our amazing students.
"I am particularly proud of how this success has been achieved at the same time as having to manage the many challenges of moving over the summer to our new school on the Derwent Campus, which we share with Noel-Baker Community School.
"I also want to acknowledge the support we have received from our governors, families and the local authority, who have all played a part in our success.
"St Martins really is a great place to learn and work and we all look forward to planning an exciting future for the school."
Inspections were carried out at the school on December 4 and 5.
The school received outstanding for achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management.
The school's latest report states: "All aspects of the school's work are outstanding and have improved since the previous inspection.
"This is because the head teacher has inspired a dynamic vision – with pupils and their development at the heart of all that the school does – which the whole school community fully believes in.
"It is clear from their attitudes to school and their attendance that pupils make strong progress in their personal development and are extremely proud to be a part of the 'family' of St Martins School."
Tessa Wright's 16-year-old son, Jacob, has Down's syndrome and is a pupil at the school.
Mrs Wright, of Alvaston Lane, said: "We've been so privileged that Jacob has been able to attend St Martins.
"I can't talk highly enough of the school. Jacob absolutely loves it.
"Even if he is poorly, he cries because he wants to go to school so much.
"All the teachers and staff are such considerate and special people who know how to bring out the best qualities in each individual child.
"All the students enjoy coming to school and interact and participate so well together.
"The head teacher dedicates his time to taking care of his school and has all the students' and staff's best interests at heart, always having time and patience with everyone."