THE Old Park School in Quarry Bank has received top marks from Ofsted for the third time in a row.

The special school, based on Thorns Road, was deemed 'continues to be outstanding' by education watchdogs following an inspection in November.

The school, which teaches children with severe and complex learning difficulties, was previously rated 'outstanding' in previous visits in 2010 and 2013.

Inspectors stated that 'good and outstanding' teaching allowed pupils to make 'excellent progress'. Pupils were reported to feel 'valued and confident', and staff were praised for their 'heartwarming' compassion.

The leadership of the school was also celebrated for being 'dynamic and forward thinking'.

Gill Cartwright, headteacher at The Old Park School, said: "We are absolutely delighted to have been rated ‘outstanding’ again for the third time.

"The outcome we have received is testament to the hard work of all staff and pupils and also the tremendous support we receive from governors, parents and carers."

She added: "It’s been a real team effort and I am extremely proud that this has been recognised by Ofsted.”

Alex Burns, chairman of the governors at Old Park School, said: "The governors were delighted that Ofsted judged The Old Park School to be outstanding for the third time.

"The headteacher and all staff are to be congratulated for their continued work to achieve outstanding outcomes for all pupils.”