An outstanding school in Nelson is celebrating after being praised by Ofsted at an ungraded inspection.

Pendle Community High School and College, a special educational school on Oxford Road, is said to be a place where pupils “thrive as part of a friendly and exciting learning community”.

The school is said to be “relentlessly ambitious for pupils and students”, all of which have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

The curriculum is said to be “thoughtfully designed” and challenge pupils and celebrate every step of their learning.

According to the report, “the school’s expectations are extremely high and pupils achieve exceptionally well”.

The curriculum has been meticulously designed, particularly for pupils with specific learning needs.

The school aims to prepare pupils for their adult life and staff are said to “know pupils as individuals”.

Staff also have strong subject knowledge and a “detailed understanding of pupils’ SEND needs”.

They continually identify and address any gaps in knowledge. This helps pupils to make progress through the curriculum and excel in their learning.

Inspectors said: “The school places a sharp focus on ensuring that all pupils are extremely well prepared for adulthood.

"Pupils flourish due to an extensive programme of activities and experiences that nurture their personal development.

“This equips pupils with the skills that they need to keep themselves safe and healthy, communicate effectively, and live their lives as independently as possible.”

Pupils enjoy international travel, residential trips and outdoor activities. There is a range of clubs and activities at the school. Pupils’ understanding of the world is enriched by visiting speakers, trips to places of religious worship and museums.

The report said: “Pupils are supported very well in preparation for their next steps when they leave school.

“There is a comprehensive and specialised careers advice and guidance programme. For example, the school has set up its own social enterprise so that it can provide real life work experience for post-16 students and develop their employability skills.

“All pupils progress into positive destinations when they leave the school.”

The school was rated outstanding at the last full inspection since 2017. When Ofsted judge a school as outstanding, it will then go into the school once every four years to confirm that the school remains outstanding.