Cheshire East Council is celebrating after Adelaide School scooped a top award.
The school, based in Adelaide Street, Crewe, won the Special Needs School of the Year award at the TES Schools Awards 2013.
Its assistant headteacher, Nic Brindle (correct), who nominated the school for the award, was on hand to collect it at a ceremony at the Park Plaza at Westminster Bridge, in London, on Friday.
The TES Schools Awards celebrate the very best in education as well as the initiatives schools take to better the lives of future generations and the people who make these initiatives happen.
Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cabinet member in charge of children and family services, said: “This award was given to Adelaide School because it has proved, for a number of years, to be an establishment of real quality and it gives young people with special educational needs the chance to be the best.
“It gives me great pleasure to congratulate the school on this success and I hope it continues. It thoroughly deserves this accolade – so well done to all the staff.”
Adelaide School headteacher Lloyd Willday said: “We adopt a team approach to everything we do and we were recognised at the awards ceremony for setting the bar for special needs education nationally.
“The judges also said that we have remained outstanding for a number of years and continue to progress in an outstanding nature.
“Our greatest successes have come from the holistic progress each pupil achieves each year. This was particularly evidenced in the academic year 2011/12, when all our pupils made such noteworthy progress on their personal, social and learning journeys.”
Adelaide School is a small special educational needs (SEN) school that values and supports students with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties (BESD).
Its key strength arises from understanding every pupil as an individual, as well as a learner, and it pushes the boundaries of conventional education to shape a provision tailored to individual pupil need.
Pupils have had mixed experiences in education, with many of them having been non-attenders for long periods but, through the school’s environment of care and respect, the attendance of all individuals improves markedly after arrival.
In 2011/12, the school attendance averaged 93.7 per cent which, compared to the national average of 92 per cent and the BESD average of 79 per cent, highlights the pupils’ re-engagement with school life.
For more information, visit www.tesawards.co.uk