Ofsted reports on RNIB Sunshine House School and Residence

We are proud of the work that we do, but it’s great when others recognise our achievements.

Our special school and residence are each regulated by Ofsted separately. Our education service achieved 'Outstanding' following a full inspection in July 2014, the highest rating given. Ofsted graded our residence service as “good” following a full inspection in August 2015.

Ofsted had lots of great things to say on their recent visits. We’ve highlighted some of them for you here.

"Children and young people make good progess in this home" Ofsted 2015

RNIB Sunshine House Residence has been graded ‘Good’ in its most recent inspection. It means that we offer “effective services that help, protect and care for children and children and young people and have their welfare safeguarded and promoted."

Ofsted's latest report complimented our care and short breaks, saying “Staff are passionate about supporting children and young people to experience a wide range of activities and events. As one parent observed, ‘they are caring, fun, take them out regularly to activities and places which the children can access’.These have included attending pop concerts, football matches and canoeing."

Our inspector also commented that:

  • “Children and young people are positive about their experience living at the home and value the support they receive. Scoring the staff ten out of ten."
  • “(Children) are respected as individuals with their own personalities and unique characteristics. Therefore, they are happy, settled and blossoming as individuals. In the words of one young person, living in the home is ‘fantastic’."

To read our residence's full Ofsted report, visit the Ofsted website to download a PDF version.

Sunshine House School Outstanding Ofsted logo

An 'outstanding' school

Our outstanding rating from Ofsted means that RNIB Sunshine House School “is highly effective in delivering outcomes that provide exceptionally well for all its pupils' needs”. 

Ofsted praised the way that our “pupils make outstanding progress in academic achievement, in personal skills and in physical development” adding that our “teaching is outstanding.” 

Our report also highlights that:
  • “Partnerships with other institutions, such as the [Eden] academy trust, are extremely effective. They bring added expertise to the school and provide pupils with a much wider mix of experiences.”
  • “The range of subjects, therapy and specialised methods of interaction are very well matched to pupils’ needs. Communication in various forms is emphasised in all activities, supported by an extremely high level of individual tuition and support.”
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You can find our previous reports on Ofsted's website.

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