A special school in Seaford has been graded as outstanding in every way for the third time running by education watchdog Ofsted.
Cuckmere House School in Eastbourne Road won the accolade in 2004, 2008 and now again in 2012.
This was despite a new, more rigorous and challenging assessment framework from Ofsted.
Executive head teacher Frank Stanford said: “We are exceptionally thrilled with this latest report.
“I believe it is a true reflection of the hard-work, commitment and dedication of the staff, governors, parents/carers and pupils.
“This latest report builds on the outstanding social care report which was awarded to our residential facility in July 2012.
“However, we will not be resting on our laurels; the next 18 months could prove to be the most challenging and demanding within the education landscape and we will be striving to maintain our commitment to achieving the highest quality of outcomes for all of our pupils.”
In 2004, Cuckmere House School received its first outstanding award.
School inspectors said: “This school transforms the lives of its pupils and restores their faith and their abilities and themselves.”
Praise from inspectors in 2008 included: “This excellent school does an exceptional job in helping pupils who have had a troubled past.”
Cuckmere House School scored outstanding in leadership and management, behaviour and safety of pupils, quality of teaching, achievement of pupils and overall effectiveness.
The report said the school provided an exceptionally safe place for pupils to learn.
It also highlighted that teaching was outstanding because teachers knew their pupils very well and ensured that activities inspired and motivated them.
East Sussex County Council’s director of children’s services, Matt Dunkley, said: “Cuckmere House remains a beacon of excellence both within East Sussex and nationally and this latest judgement is particularly impressive given the expansion of the role of the school since the last inspection.”
Ofsted grades schools’ performance on a four point scale in several categories, where outstanding is the best, followed by good, satisfactory and poor.