An autism school in Chorley has been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Oliver House School has been rated ‘outstanding’ overall and in every category: “Effectiveness of leadership and management”; “Quality of teaching, learning and assessment”; “Personal development, behaviour and welfare”; and “Outcomes for pupils”. Its sixth form provision was also rated ‘outstanding’.

The school was also rated ‘outstanding’ in every category in its 2016 inspection, meaning that it has been rated ‘outstanding’ across the board for three years.

Ofsted said: “Teaching is outstanding, because of teachers’ determination and expertise.”

The inspectors went on to say, “Each pupil has their own timetable, specifically tailored to enable them to make at least good progress, and often outstanding progress. Many pupils have their own individual classroom. They are encouraged to decorate these as they wish, according to their personal interests.”

Ofsted said, “Parents said that this is an exceptional school… They have commented on the exceptional progress that their children have made…. Parents praised the high quality teaching staff… Parents feel that this school has succeeded where all previous schools have failed their children.”

Relationships between staff and young people at Oliver House School were “excellent and positive”, according to inspectors.

Oliver House School is located in Astley Village and the school supports 6 to 19 year olds with autism. It is managed by the renowned Priory Group.

Headteacher Lisa Sharrock, said: “It is a real privilege to lead an ‘outstanding’ school.

"My staff team here do a brilliant job in helping young people to make progress in all areas.

"I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their hard work.

"I also want to pass on a massive thanks to our young people and their parents/guardians for working so closely with us to make this such a great school community.”

Andy Cobley, Chief Operating Officer at Priory Education and Children’s Services, said: “Lisa is a brilliant Head teacher who leads such a talented team at Oliver House School. It is a remarkable achievement to be rated ‘outstanding’ in every category, and all involved with the school should be really proud of everything they have contributed.”