A RESIDENTIAL special school where the 'uniqueness and individuality of each young person can shine through' continues to be ‘outstanding', according to a glowing Ofsted report.

Bleasdale School at Silverdale welcomes children and young people aged two to 19 with profound and multiple learning difficulties and complex needs.

"Young people are making exceptional progress across all areas of their lives." said the inspector after visiting the school in February.

The inspector praised the staff for their 'extremely positive relationships' with the pupils, as well as with the parents and carers.

"This supportive environment also significantly builds on young people's confidence and self-esteem," continued the inspector. "They are actively encouraged by staff to pursue their interests and are exceptionally well supported to try new activities."

Parents told the inspector they couldn't thank the staff enough and that their children "were empowered, valued and respected."

A parent said: "I would recommend it as a centre of excellence to all parents in similar circumstances to our own."

Since its last inspection the school has introduced an extensive range of new initiative and developments, including night staff who complete one evening shift a week.

This meant that pupils got to know who was caring for them in the night and it lessened their anxieties when they woke up in the morning.

The inspector noted the residential provision had a new purpose built rebound building which offered privacy and accessibility for the pupils as well as a new sensory circuit room.

The inspector also praised the managers and staff for constantly looking to improve and develop the service so that the opportunities and life chances for the pupils could be enhanced.

Head teacher Kairen Dexter and Care Manager Karen Hodgson said they were both delighted with the result and praised the pupils for their hard work and staff for their dedication and professionalism.