A special needs school in Walling has been rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted.

Carew Academy is a special academy for students aged 7-19 with a wide range of ability levels and additional learning needs, including complex needs. The school is part of Orchard Hill College Academy Trust and was rated Outstanding in all categories following the watchdog's recent visit.

Principal Rob Watkins, said: "I am delighted with the outcome of the inspection.

"Students thrive at Carew Academy because they know we have high expectations and we want them to do well. I have an amazing team and we all share the same vision, we want our students to be well educated, happy, confident and independent."

During the two-day inspection in January, inspectors met students, staff, governors and the CEO of OHCAT, John Prior.

They carried out formal and informal meetings as well as lesson visits and reviewed students’ work.

The report praised the leadership and management of the school stating: "The headteacher and senior team lead by example.

"Their energy and vision have helped the school go from strength to strength. Staff, governors and families share leaders’ high aspirations."

Staff were also highly commended for working "exceptionally well with families and external agencies", creating strong partnerships that have "forged a school where all pupils excel, for many it is the first time they have been successful at school."

Inspectors were also impressed by the high quality of education, noting: "

"Leaders and staff understand what helps students to be successful. They make ambitious choices about what students’ study and all subjects are planned carefully.

"Leaders and staff make sure that students achieve highly in all subjects. Excellent off-site courses provide further opportunities."

The report credited the school’s approach to personal, social, health and economic education and the way it underpins everything the school does.

It added: "Personal development is exceptional, from a young age, staff encourage students to take on responsibilities.

"High-quality therapies help students to manage their behaviour and feelings. Students behave very well in lessons."

The report also noted that the high-quality careers education provided gives students comprehensive information on their future choices.

A very proud principal concluded: “Every single member of our school community deserves praise for what they have contributed to making Carew Academy an ‘Outstanding’ school. Our students are remarkable young people.”