A SPECIALIST independent school has been awarded a rating of ‘good with outstanding features’ in its first Ofsted inspection.

Raise Education and Wellbeing School in Holmeswood Road, Great Lever was inspected in July, 12 months after it first opened.

The school is part of the Raise the Youth foundation, a Bolton-based non-profit organisation which works with marginalised youngsters who have experienced social, emotional or mental health difficulties.

The aim is to help them gain work experience, apprenticeships, employment and life skills.

Inspectors reported: “The proprietor and governing body have ensured that all the independent school standards are met.

“Teaching, learning and assessment are good over time and enable pupils to catch up academically. Pupils readily engage in learning, often for the first time.”

Personal development, behaviour and welfare at the school were found to be ‘outstanding’ with ‘a sustained and impressive improvement in pupils’ behaviour and ability to socialise’.

Jason Steele, founder of Raise the Youth, said: “We are absolutely delighted with our first Ofsted result. We put children and young people first in everything we do and, during the past six years, have developed our innovative education and therapeutic support to an extremely high standard.

“We are proud of the nurturing family-unit that Raise has created. This provides a space where children and young people can feel safe, have time to heal, develop, identify their talents and be inspired to reach their true potential.”

More information on the Raise the Youth foundation can be found at www.raisetheyouth.co.uk