Staff at The Courtyard in Greater Manchester enjoyed party celebrations this winter – after achieving their fourth consecutive ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted inspection.

The hard-working team were invited to a special event where they were presented with goody bags that included an engraved Champagne glass, celebratory bubbles and chocolates.

As the celebrations kicked off, guests were able to enjoy a delicious chocolate cake made by Operations Manager Jackie Hills, which featured a handcrafted high heel created by a local chocolatier.

Better still, the staff were told that directors would be giving them a bonus in their next pay packet to reflect their achievement. While this is the fourth ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted in a row, the team have now got eight in total, which is exceptional.

The Ofsted inspection was conducted in mid-January at The Courtyard, which is situated in Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire.

The report said: “A particular strength of this home is the holistic care that is given to children. Staff are ambitious for children to reach new milestones, experience new and fun activities and expand their means of expressing their personalities, preferences and wishes.

“Staff are extremely sensitive to children’s means of communicating. Through the positive responses that children receive, they are further encouraged to expand and develop their interactions with others.”

At the party, Home Manager Gemma Ferris was presented with flowers and a bottle of Champagne. The Ofsted inspector was particularly impressed by Gemma’s approach and the results she gets.

The report said: “The manager has high expectations of staff and the care that is offered to children. She is determined that children make progress while they live at the home and that the care they receive has a significant and positive impact upon their lives.”