A BIRMINGHAM council-controlled special school in Solihull is among the best in the country for teaching children with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties.
Springfield House Community Special School was rated “outstanding” following a recent visit by Ofsted inspectors.
Most youngsters attending the special school in Knowle are either autistic or have attention difficulties, such as ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), as well as behaviour difficulties.
Ofsted judged the school “outstanding” in 24 out of 28 graded categories including achievement and standards; teaching and learning and leadership and management.
The inspection body said the school provided “outstanding care, support and guidance of pupils” helping them make “vast improvements in their attitudes to learning and to each other”.
Personal, social and emotional development provided to pupils was said to be “outstanding”, laying the foundations for their “excellent academic progress”.
The school’s curriculum, care, guidance and support, leadership and management also received the highest grading.
Springfield House is one of only a handful of special schools in the country to achieve such praise from Ofsted.
Headteacher Janet Collins said: “This reflects the hard work of everyone involved in the school - the children, the parents, the staff and the governors.
“I feel privileged to be able to work in the special-school system.”
Ms Collins also paid tribute to Birmingham’s education department.
“I moved to Birmingham two years ago. The special-school system in
Birmingham is a phenomenal one.
“Birmingham is a marvellous authority to work for and the support I get from colleagues has helped us to get here.”