• 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.”

Sports College Status

The beginning of our journey as a specialist college began back in July 2007 when Ofsted acknolowledged that we are an Outstanding school. This judgement led us to confidently apply for Specialist Sports College Status, which was awarded early in 2008. The detail the application required resulted in a substantial three year plan being devised following an extensive examination of our practice, attainment, community cohesion and our overall culture. The implementation of this plan began in September 2008 and to mark this significant change Amwell View re-branded with a new logo, school moto and on reflection the start of a significant shift in culture which at the time was supported by the introduction of our dance/drama studio which was part funded by the specialism capital grant.

In the past we have and will continue to strive to improve our delivery of the curriculum and are committed to ensuring that staff and resources are best matched to the needs of the pupils. The decision to use PE and sport as the lead subject was a result of us identifying that the majority of our pupils learn in a physical kinaesthetic way. Through using PE and science as the second specialist subject we hoped to develop an ethos across the school that delivering the curriculum in a physical, creative way would support pupil progression. This journey would also provide an effective model for other potential specialist subjects to follow and in September 2011 music did just that with Music teacher, Rachel Shipp making the transition to a full time specialist teacher at Amwell View.

The application process also required us to analyse and synthesise our attainment data further which resulted in attainment levels being broken down further to show progression. The introduction of booster sessions further supported this through the identification of pupils and specific targets to be taught by a teacher in 1:1 or small groups in the new booster room which has had a significant impact on the rate of progression.

Our specialism resulted in the greater involvement of our local and wider community and has opened the doors for people in society to begin to be more accepting of the differences that the pupils present. We are moving towards a more transparent service which acknowledges the strengths and capacity of those who support the education and experience of children with Severe Learning Difficulties. For the young people concerned their enriched education prepares them better for the future and as more inclusive members of society. This was confirmed in 2010 when Ofsted once again acknowledged that are an Outstanding school.

We now have very strong links with local primary, secondary and special schools and work together across various curriculum subjects, professional development and strategic initiatives. We also witnessed a significant rise in visitors to our school from universities and local schools on placements, volunteers, local organisations and through hiring our facilities to local business's and charities. Also specialism provided the capacity to establish community provision for young people and adults with learning difficulties away from the school and supported the introduction of Special Olympics East Herts which continues to grow. www.specialolympicseastherts.org

Specialist Sports College Status has demanded a greater examination of the work at Amwell View and enabled us to focus on the achievement of young people across the whole curriculum and have a clear vision for whole school development. There are many more initiatives that we could mention but we feel that after the initial transition to becoming and Specialist College and implementing the plan, today we have an ethos to continuously strive to improve which exists among pupils and staff to strive and is clearly evident when you visit the school. Amwell View School and Specialist Sports College has a culture where progress is celebrated, achievement is applauded and every step along the way is recognised as a step closer to success.