• 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.”

Physical Education

It has been another exciting and packed year within the PE department with pupils experiencing new and different activities throughout the year.

Amwell View continues to participate in the SLD school festivals whereby pupils are selected to represent the school and compete against the other 5 SLD schools in Hertfordshire. Boccia, Football, Cricket, Athletics, Swimming and the Panathlon Challenge all feature in the fixtures calendar of which Amwell View have finished in 1st, 2nd or 3rd place.

This year pupils have been able to widen their experiences of OAA through off-site visits to the Young Mariners Base in Cheshunt. Pupils from classes 4, 7, 8 and 9 were encouraged to develop their Orienteering skills by working together as a team to find objects, pictures and were introduced to basic map reading. Classes 8, 9 and 10 also experienced Bellbottom Boating, taking part in the Regatta for the first time. All pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience and conquered new fears whilst doing so.

Alongside learning how to play games through practical application pupils from Key stage 3 have also been learning the rules of competitive game play through spectating. Pupils were invited to watch the Wheelchair Tennis World Championships at the Queen Elizabeth Park and a Champions Trophy Cricket Match at Essex Cricket Ground. All pupils benefitted greatly from the experience and were able to travel using the trains and public buses in order to get to and from these venues.

Once again pupils from “Happy Feet” and “Unique” Dance clubs performed at the Hertford and Ware and County Dance Festivals with themes based on “What a Beautiful World” and “Read All About It”. Pupils from class 10 also took part in the Saracens’ Cheerleading competition for the first time. They performed a two minute sequence in front of other schools from Hertfordshire along with an audience of friends and family. All pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience and are keen to take part again next year.

The Upper School swimming team were invited to participate in the Secondary Panathlon Swimming Gala consisting of 7 SLD schools from Hertfordshire and the surrounding shires. Pupils travelled to the Olympic pool, Stratford and were given an insight into what it would have been like for Athletes at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Post 16 pupils continue to work towards their ASDAN award through PE. Pupils have been busy learning new outdoor sports including Archery and Lawn Bowls. Pupils have been learning the rules involved in each activity and transferring these skills into different off-site environments in preparation for life after Amwell View.

The Building Bridges scheme continues to grow with a total of 12 mainstream primary schools from the Hertford and Ware district coming to Amwell View to join in with PE and Dance lessons. Pupils from the Lower School have enjoyed playing alongside others and have developed their social skills whilst doing so. The scheme continues to build awareness of people with learning difficulties among primary school children in the Hertford and Ware district.

Pupils continue to receive P.E, Dance and Swimming lessons which contributes to their physical, social and emotional development from Nursery up to Students 2.