Hunter joins celebrations of Top Ofsted report for the Seashell Trust

March 22, 2010 5:56 PM
Mark at the Seashell Trust celebrations

Mark at the Seashell Trust celebrations

Last Friday 23 March local MP Mark Hunter joined staff and students at the Seashell Trust (formerly Royal School for the Deaf) to celebrate its 'Outstanding' judgement from Ofsted.

The Seashell Trust's Royal School Manchester offers both day and residential education for students with complex communication disorders from across the UK. It is one of only two residential special schools in the North West to achieve this accolade.

Based in Cheadle Hulme, the School was judged by Ofsted to be an 'exceptional school which has gone from strength to strength since the last inspection and meets the pupils' complex needs very well.'

Ofsted continues: 'The pupils enjoy coming to school and make outstanding progress in their learning and personal development, as a result of the extremely good teaching and excellent care, guidance and support they receive. The pupils go about their daily lives, enjoying the wide variety of activities on offer both on site and in the local community, and benefiting from the high levels of individual attention routinely provided by the school. The staff are very sensitive to pupils' individual needs and highly skilled in enabling them to communicate effectively with others, thus reducing their anxieties and contributing very effectively to their emotional and physical well-being. A calm, positive, welcoming atmosphere permeates the whole school.'

Commenting, Mark said:

"As one of only two residential special schools in the North West to be judged as Outstanding by Ofsted this year, I am particularly proud to have the Royal School Manchester in my constituency.

"On many occasions I have seen firsthand the truly 'outstanding' work of all the staff across both the school and its associated care homes.

"The staff are to be applauded for their commitment to delivering education and care of the very highest standard which enhances the lives of the students."

Jane Woodward, Headteacher at the Royal School Manchester said:

"We are over the moon about receiving an 'Outstanding' rating from Ofsted. This is testament to all the hard working staff who are dedicated to ensuring that our students enjoy the same opportunities as students in other schools across the country."

Mark Geraghty, Chief Executive at the Seashell Trust, said:

"Jane and her team of staff should be extremely proud of their achievements. We are committed to ensuring that students at the Seashell Trust enjoy the highest levels of education and care and to be awarded an 'Outstanding' rating is fantastic considering the School is judged against the same criteria as all other schools in the UK."


For further information please call Michele Hart at Michele Hart PR on () or Dominic Tinner at the Seashell Trust on 0161 610 0117.

Notes to Editors:

Seashell Trust is a registered charity providing education and residential care for people with complex communication difficulties from across the UK. It operates Royal School Manchester, a day and residential, co-educational, non-maintained special school and Royal College Manchester, an independent specialist college catering for learners between 19 and 22. Additionally it runs a residential home for autistic deaf adults with complex needs and a domiciliary care agency. It regularly hosts a number of inclusive community activities on its campus.

In 2009 only twenty-one residential Schools, across the UK, were judged Outstanding. Only six of these residential schools were from the Non Maintained Special School Sector (NMSS). Of these six only two are based in the North West, Royal School Manchester and the School for the Blind in Liverpool. Of the twenty-one Special Schools judged Outstanding only the Royal School Manchester holds the DCSF Designation; School for Deaf Children (that is with or without pupils with additional learning difficulties).

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