The Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford and Communication Specialist College Doncaster have been rated “Outstanding” by Ofsted following inspections of their residential care.
RNC achieved the exceptional distinction of an outstanding grade in all three areas of the inspection: overall experience and progress, how well young people are helped and protected, and the effectiveness of leaders and managers. The Ofsted report recognised the national expertise and reputation of the college, with its highly specialised staff, equipment and facilities, giving students the chance to develop independence, skills and confidence.
One student said: “This College is a positive experience for all students. It gives students independence and mobility. It helps you move on to the next stage of your life.”
Mark Fisher, RNC Principal, said, “Our students often talk about the importance of spending time in an environment where they stand out not because of their visual impairment, but because of who they are. I am delighted that Ofsted has recognised this, and particularly welcome their statement that ‘Students thrive in an inclusive environment’.”
At Doncaster, inspectors felt that students receive high levels of support with their diverse communication needs and try out their developing communication skills in different social settings. These opportunities make a significant difference to students’ social skills and self-esteem.
One parent commented, ‘It is an excellent college, he would not go to school before. He socialises, makes friends, and is far more independent and now thinks about his future.’
Bobbie Roberts, chair of Trustees said: “We are thrilled that Ofsted have recognised our excellent residential provision which is an integral part of the college in providing students with outstanding experiences. They comment on our person centred student support which contributes towards students achieving realistic goals and maximising their potential”