A Southampton school for children with special needs described by parents as a 'second home' has been given its fifth ‘outstanding’ rating by Ofsted.

Rosewood Free School on Aldermoor Road in Southampton has been hailed by the regulator as a place where pupils 'thrive'.

This is the second time the school, which provides education for pupils aged two to 19 with profound and multiple learning difficulties, was given the top rating since its last graded inspection in July 2014.

It is also the fifth time inspectors have found the school worthy of the top rating since its first inspection in 2009.

Staff were praised for how they cater for the pupils and parents spoke of being fortunate to be part of the community.

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The report said: “Pupils at Rosewood Free School thrive. Staff cater exceptionally well for pupils’ special educational needs and/or disabilities.

“When pupils first join the school, they and their families become part of the ‘Rosewood family’. One parent, echoing the views of many, said, ‘It’s like a second home.’ “Another said, ‘We feel fortunate to be part of the Rosewood community. The staff are all superstars!’”

The report said staff know the pupils remarkably well and show “absolute respect” to them.

It was observed that the “highly consistent” routines help support pupil’s understanding of what is happening around them.

Staff interpret what they see and hear and respond “expertly” to ensure they meet the needs of the pupils in a timely way.

The report also highlights the school’s curriculum which is highly personalised and tailored and as a result “successfully” meets their individual needs.

The multi-disciplinary team's work was also described as “exceptional”.

The report said: “A truly professional and collaborative approach ensures that pupils’ holistic needs are well understood and met.

“Communication between professionals is high quality. Strong working relationships ensure that pupils receive the care they need promptly while maintaining a focus on learning.”

Headteacher and chief executive officer of the Specialist Schools Trust, Zoe Evans, said that while one word can’t represent the complexity of how schools operate, the community is 'delighted' that inspectors recognised the work the school does.

She added: “I am incredibly proud to lead the Rosewood team, they are passionate about the work they do to serve our learners and their families and were praised for the ‘absolute respect’ they show the children and young people.”