A SPECIAL school is helping vulnerable learners to reach their full potential, Ofsted has said.

Kingfisher School in Abingdon, which teaches youngsters with profound and complex needs, has been rated 'good' by the regulator.

A letter sent to the headteacher Lorraine Wilson today, following inspection earlier this month, said: "You lead the school with determination to ensure all pupils engage in learning and make good progress from their starting points.

"Teachers and support staff hold the same high expectations that all pupils should achieve their best.

"As a result of your firm commitment and strong leadership, pupils are supported well and thrive."

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The inspector said pupils' behaviour was 'positive' and there had been a rise in attendance.

Ofsted described the school's curriculum as 'unique' and praised its 'powerful focus on building pupils' confidence and self-esteem.'

The letter added: "Changing to a system of grouping pupils based on need, rather than age, has transformed learning."

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The inspector also said school governors are 'passionate and committed'.

Kingfisher is an all-through school and teaches 78 pupils at its base in Radley Road.

Its original building was created in the 1980s and it was last visited by Ofsted in 2014, when it was also rated 'good'.

The academy is part of The Propeller Academy Trust, which also runs Fitzwaryn School in Wantage.