Ofsted report

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school.

  •  From their starting points, students achieve well throughout the school. Teachers and teaching assistants know the students well and support

    them effectively.

  •  There is a strong focus on English and mathematics, with a good focus on improving students’ communication skills.

  • Teaching is good and often outstanding. Teachers plan activities that are interesting and stimulate the students’ enthusiasm for learning.

  • Excellent links with feeder primary special schools help students to settle very quickly when they start school.

  •  The sixth form is good. It provides a good range of accredited courses that improve students’ confidence and achievement and prepares them

    well for life beyond school.

  •  There are well-organised opportunities for older students to undertake work experience.

  • Behaviour is good. There is a calm atmosphere in classrooms and students settle to their work quickly and with little fuss. Movement in and around the school is well managed.

  •  Students enjoy school and this is seen in the good attendance of most.

  •  The school’s work to keep students safe and secure is outstanding. Record keeping is exemplary and cooperation between professionals and different

    agencies is outstanding. Consequently, concerns are dealt with promptly and efficiently.

  •  The headteacher is ambitious for the school and, together with other senior leaders, is ensuring it continues to improve. Improved tracking of students’ progress is helping to raise students’ achievement and the quality of teaching.

  •  The governing body provides effective support and challenge. It holds senior leaders to account for how well students are achieving.