A special school that helps trouble-making youths get back on track has been praised by Ofsted.
Brent Council's Key Stage Three Pupil Referral Unit, in Stag Lane, Kingsbury, has been given a 'good' rating for its overall effectiveness following an inspection by the Government watchdog in the summer.
The unit, which caters for pupils aged 11-14 who have been permanently excluded from school, was given the same rating for the achievements and standards reached by students and the personal development and wellbeing of the young people being taught.
Headteacher Siobhan Crawley said: "This is a good report, which reflects the hard work and commitment of all partners involved in reintegrating our pupils back into mainstream schools.
"I am very proud of the staff, who provide our young people with challenge, not only with the curriculum but also with managing their behaviour and addressing their attitude to themselves, their education and their future opportunities."
Almost all of the 25 pupils who attend the Pupil Referral Unit have significant emotional and behavioural needs and most arrive with large gaps in their education because of a combination of poor attendance and exclusion from school.
About three quarters of them are boys and they come from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds, the largest being black Caribbean.
Inspectors said the standard of all pupils was better by the time they left the schools, and they felt safe, being 'exceptionally well looked after'.
Councillor Bob Wharton, responsible for children and families, said: "Brent Council places a high priority on turning round the behaviour of excluded pupils and helping them to return to mainstream schools.
"We know that where we fail, the pupils are at high risk of getting into trouble with the law and becoming a serious problem for society.
"I am therefore very pleased that Ofsted has found that our PRU gives a good service in all aspects and I congratulate all the staff concerned."