• OFSTED
    Outstanding 2014

    “The achievement of children in the Early Years is outstanding. They make consistently high rates of progress academically, personally and socially in relation to their very low starting points.”

  • OFSTED
    Outstanding 2014

    “Pupils at Key Stages 1 to 4, children in Early Years and students in the sixth form, including those those with autism and profound and multiple learning difficulties and multi-sensory impairments, make significant and sustained progress. As a result of outstanding teaching and highly effective support to indivualise learning."

  • OFSTED
    Outstanding 2014

    “A rich and stimulating, broad and balanced, and highly relevent curricullum is in place. Every pupil across the school from Early Years to the sixth form greatly benefits from an individualised curriculum with a strong emphasis on developing pupils’ communication, literacy skills and their personal, social and health education.”

  • OFSTED
    Outstanding 2014

    "Pupils with profound and muliple learning difficulties often experience a sense of wonder through well-planned sensory activities" “Under the transformational leadership of the headteacher the school has sustained outstanding leadership and management since its previous inspection."

  • OFSTED
    Outstanding 2014

    “Children are very happy and most eager to join in with their activities. They display high levels of concentration, imagination and curiosity about the world around them."

  • OFSTED
    Outstanding 2014

    "The achievement of students in the sixth form is outstanding resulting from outstanding teaching over time." “Pupils have excellent relationship with adults and show kindness and respect to each other. They are courteous and polite to adults.”

  • OFSTED
    Outstanding 2014

    " Pupils have excellent attitudes to learning and always try their very best in lessons." "The teaching of communication, literacy and numeracy is very effective."

  • OFSTED
    Outstanding 2014

    "The school's work to keep pupils safe and secure is outstanding." "Rigorous and regular monitoring of teaching through lesson observations, pupil progress meetings and scrutiny of pupils' work is outstanding."

  • OFSTED
    Outstanding 2014

    “Leaders make excellent use of the primary school physical education and sport premium.” “Pupils have excellent relationship with adults and show kindness and respect to each other. They are courteous and polite to adults.”

  • OFSTED
    Outstanding 2014

    “Teachers and teaching assistants were seen working well together in all lessons to support the learning of individual and small groups of pupils, ensuring that tasks were carefully matched to each individual pupil’s learning needs and breaking tasks down into smaller steps.”

English


Throughout the year ‘English’ has remained a hugely important part of the daily timetable across all Key Stages. Each class timetable offers weekly reading, writing and phonics sessions as well as regular opportunities for pupils to communicate, develop their play skills and socialise with the peers in their groups. English skills continue to be taught both in these discrete lessons and imbedded within the curriculum across a multitude of exciting events and topics.


The Library continues to be monitored and books replenished when needed and is a well-used resource throughout the school.


We recently held a parent volunteer reading day as part of World Book Day celebrations and this was very well received. We continue to welcome new volunteer parent readers and are grateful to all those parents who regularly support reading development in school.


Drama continues to be a timetabled lesson that classes use to promote and teach a variety of performance and speaking and listening skills within curriculum topics.


Handwriting will continue to be taught in a multitude of sensory ways in classes next year but will also be the focus of some further booster sessions across the school to promote increased fine motor control and support the development of formal writing.


We continue to offer pupils opportunities to be involved in theatre trips, with the Lower school enjoying their annual Pantomime locally, and Upper school pupils engaging in visits further afield.


Next year, English and History will work together to create a specific ‘Reading Week’ focusing on Authors through the Ages.