A school for the deaf in Balham has been rated outstanding by an Ofsted report published last week.

Oak Lodge, in Nightingale Lane, has excellent teaching, behaviour and attendance, inspectors decided during their visit in January.

The residential school, which draws from all over London, is extremely diverse, with 17 different languages spoken and a high proportion of children with refugee status.

Many of the children also have other needs, such as emotional, social and behavioural difficulties or autistic spectrum disorders.

In a letter to students Greg Sorrell, lead inspector, wrote: “I was so pleased to see how well you all do at school and thank you so much for the warm welcome.

"I can tell you that you go to an outstanding school and it's clear that you enjoy your lessons.

"All the staff work very hard to help you learn.”

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