STUDENTS at an Isle of Wight school for youngsters with speech, language and communication difficulties are happy, well behaved and enjoy learning, according to education watchdog Ofsted.
St Catherine's School, Ventnor, has been rated good overall with outstanding features, following an inspection in June.
Inspectors praised the 'almost always good' teaching and found students worked hard, enjoyed their lessons and made good progress. The overall experience of the residential experience was deemed outstanding.
According to the Ofsted report: "Students are excellent ambassadors for their school. They enjoy warm, trusting relationships with each other and staff. They enjoy attending school and have well-formed ideas about what they would like to do in the future. They are well prepared for the next stages of their lives and learning.
"School leaders, including governors, share an ambitious vision for students."
However, in order to improve further it was found lesson planning and marking was sometimes inconsistent and the administration of medication did not always meet standards of best practice.
Principal Dr Brendan Carleton said: "I would like to thank everyone — staff, governors, students and parents — for their continued support with our ultimate goal of supporting students with speech, language and communication needs to reach their full potential."
He welcomed this year's exam results, which saw students gain GCSE, BTEC, literacy and numeracy and entry level qualifications. Some gained B and C grade GCSEs and all those who took entry-level exams gained a distinction in at least one subject.
"Our students have to work extremely hard to overcome the daily challenges they face in the classroom. To gain these results is a fantastic achievement. Every one of them should be very proud of their results, as we certainly are," he said.