• Ofsted
    Outstanding 2014/15

    “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 2014/15

    “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 2014/15

    “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 2014/15

    "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 2014/15

    “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 2014/15

    " 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 2014/15

    "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 2014/15

    "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 2014/15

    “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 2014/15

    “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.”

Music

It has been another busy year in the department with visits from musicians, new clubs being formed and a record number of pupils completing their bronze Arts Award.

The school choir is fit to burst with almost a third of the school attending every week. As always they performed at the annual Spotlight Christmas concert and were very well received. The concert is a perfect opportunity for pupils to sing in front of a large audience and to mix with pupils from local mainstream primary and secondary schools.

A group of pupils attended a days creative music workshops provided by the Hertfordshire music service Funky Pie Company. Pupils played violins, created compositions using computers and electronic software and performed creative dance. The workshops helped the pupils to discover new skills and to express themselves creatively.

Our two new clubs, music technology and Live Lounge are proving to be very popular. At the technology club pupils from the upper school have been learning how to use Garage Band software to create their own compositions and playing with their friends on the Wii rock band. The new Live Lounge club is led by staff musicians with pupils taking on guest appearances. There are covers of well-known pop songs and more traditional songs.

The focus country for sensory week was Italy. Pupils took part in sensory stories, opera workshops and visited an Italian café, art gallery and made pizzas.

The year finished with a ’Science of Sound’ week collaboration between music, science, geography and art. It was jam packed with activities including junk orchestra workshops, sound compositions and painting to music.