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Blind children's home praised
A HOME for blind children has been rated outstanding by inspectors.
Sunshine House, Dene Road, Northwood, which is also a school, was given the top-of-the-rankings score following a surprise visit by Ofsted.
Sixteen children use the residential home, staying either occasionally or up to four nights a week.
Children have a visual impairment as well as significant learning difficulties and disabilities.
The report, penned by Ofsted inspector Gavin Thomas, said children are thriving at the home, which was praised for being well-managed and focused.
It adds: "The relationships between staff and young people are remarkable.
"The vast majority of young people do not express their views and wishes verbally. However, staff are excellent in understanding young people's responses."
The report also had glowing words for the range of facilities available at the school, including sensory equipment, a hydrotherapy pool and specially-adapted toys.
It said: "The expressions on young people's faces show how happy they are among staff and the fun they gain from the varying activities they do."
Participation in community events, praise from parents and professionals, and activities such as coffee mornings were also highlighted.
Manager Kate Tinkler said: "We are really pleased. It shows the children are gaining from being here and we have got it right, for them and for their parents."
Graham Brittain, director of education and social care for RNIB, which runs the home and school, said: "These fantastic achievements demonstrate our continued commitment to delivering exemplary services for children and young people with sight loss and complex needs."
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