Five star Lodge at Donaldson’s

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Residential accommodation at Donaldson’s nursery in Linlithgow has been graded as reaching a five star standard by the Care Commission.

Inspectors from the government body paid an unnanounced visit to the school for the deaf, where they were very impressed by the overall standards.

Inspectors particularly noted the high quality of Lodge management and the consistent approach taken by staff, skilled in the provision of care for young people who are deaf or have communication difficulties and other additional support needs.

The safe environment and very good range of methods for engaging with and encouraging the young people to participate in decision making and planning their own care were highlighted.

In addition, parents commended the good level of communication and support from the residence staff.

As Scotland’s national school for the deaf, Donaldson’s school roll includes pupils from the North of England as well as Scotland, with 23 young people either in full or part time residential or extended day placements in the Lodge.

The residence is staffed by a manager and a specialist team of residential care workers, who work closely with the teaching and specialist staff in the school to ensure a seamless transition between pupils’ education and out-of-school lives.

Commenting on the assessment, Margaret Burnell, interim principal of Donaldson’s, said: “We are proud of the excellent facilities we have at Donaldson’s.

“Through our 24-hour curriculum, we ensure our pupils have the best possible education and care.

“This latest Care Inspectorate report is testament to the efforts of our residential manager and her team who are committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for our charges.”