A SPECIAL school in the district has retained its Good rating from Ofsted.

Southfield School, based in Little Horton, was praised by inspectors for its work supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities.

The school said it “delighted” with the result, especially with the number of students increasing since the last Ofsted visit, and a number of experience teachers retiring.

In the report, Ofsted said: “The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection.”

“Your vision that pupils should learn to be confident, resilient and independent learners is matched by inspectors’ observations.”

“A parent told inspectors: ‘My child is very happy here. She feels she belongs, the teachers understand her, and she enjoys school’.”

Dominic Wall, headteacher, said: “At Southfield we are working hard to provide solutions to the demand for additional SEND places in Bradford.

“It is reassuring that the Ofsted inspectors recognised the achievements of a growing school, where we try to ensure that every child feels safe and happy, and that parents know who they can talk to.

“I’d like to thank the governors, parents and students who took the time to speak to the inspectors.”