School celebrates outstanding status from Ofsted

St John's Special School and College, Kempston, ofsted.
St John's Special School and College, Kempston, ofsted.
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Pupils and staff at a Kempston school are celebrating for being ‘outstanding’ - for the fourth year running.

St John’s Special School and College in Bedford Road has won the status following a recent Ofsted inspection.

Amanda Rizzo, interim head teacher, said: “St John’s are delighted to celebrate the news that a recent Ofsted inspection led to the school being awarded its fourth consecutive judgement of ‘outstanding’.

“This is an especially remarkable achievement for the school community as it is their first inspection under the new, more rigorous, inspection framework.”

Ofsted’s report recognises the pupils’ excellent attitudes towards learning, their outstanding behaviour and the exceptional progress that they make, saying that “pupils are happy and relaxed” and “valued as individuals - the school does much to raise their self-esteem.”

Ms Rizzo added: “The staff at St John’s are committed to their school specialism of communication and interaction, which Ofsted note is shown through “highly developed methods for promoting pupils’ communication skills”.

Ofsted also acknowledge the school’s outstanding teaching with the report stating “both teachers and assistants provide pupils with a great deal of encouragement and support. This instils in them a love of learning and a belief that they can succeed.”

Ms Rizzo added: “We are so proud of all our staff, parents, carers, governors and – most importantly – pupils. Together, they embody our motto ‘Achieving Together.’”

Ron Babbage, executive principal, added: “The governors and leadership team are committed to using this report to continue improving our provision; we are incredibly excited about the future development of St John’s.”