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Fourth ‘outstanding’ inspection report in a row for Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children

Ofsted rule exceptional standards have been kept up despite head's retirement and move to King's Cross

01 June, 2017 — By Geoffrey Sawyer

A SCHOOL for deaf children has been rated “outstanding” – the highest rung on Ofsted’s scoring chart – for the fourth time.

Inspectors said the new management team at Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children, which moved from Swiss Cottage to new purpose-built premises in King’s Cross, had carried on exceptional standards after the retirement of long-serving headteacher Karen Simpson.

The school also received the out­standing grade in 2006, 2009 and 2012 – but this was the first inspection at the new site. Dani Sive, the acting headteacher who will be made permanent in the role in September, said: “I am very pleased and proud that we have achieved this result at a time of a much tougher Ofsted framework.

The staff, pupils, parents and governors have given so much support during the transition to an interim school leadership structure for which I am very grateful. It is no surprise that our commitment and dedication to bilingual practice in deaf education is a reason that our pupils achieve so well, academically, linguistically, socially and emotionally.”

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