THE Bridge School in Runcorn has been given the thumbs up by Ofsted inspectors for its work reintegrating excluded pupils into mainstream education.
Staff and pupils are celebrating after it was graded as 'good' by the education watchdog.
The Key Stage 3 pupil referral unit was created five years ago for pupils aged 11-14, who have been expelled from mainstream schools for behavioural problems.
The unit can take up to 24 students and most have 'significant learning barriers' like poverty and social exclusion.
The Ofsted report said the school provided a good education and was achieving its aim of successfully reintegrating into mainstream education students who had been permanently excluded from secondary schools during Key Stage 3.
The report continued: 'Students are taught well and the learning of average and higher attaining students is good.
'This is because of the high expectations of staff, setting the students challenging work and motivating them to try their best.
'The students grow in confidence and self-esteem and take a greater pride in what they can do.'