2013 How effective is the provision?

Outstanding teaching is characterised by teachers making every effort to include and engage all students, whatever their ability or type of need. Computers and other forms of technology are expertly used to help promote learning. Teaching assistants are highly skilled and effective.
All groups of students are achieving exceptionally well; last year nearly a half made the progress expected of students in mainstream schools, albeit from much lower starting points.
The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of students is exceptional; this helps to create a wonderful atmosphere of calm, fulfilment and enjoyment across the school day.
Outstanding attention to social and moral values is rewarded by a clearly harmonious atmosphere around the school. Girls and boys get on well with each other and there is no discrimination between groups. Older students often offer support to younger ones.
Students are constantly encouraged to aspire to more independence. They are proud when they are able to come to school on public transport or make their own way rather than to rely on school transport. Nearly a third of all students have achieved this landmark.

Forward Thinking.

The headteacher and senior managers relentlessly seek improvement. There has not been a shred of complacency since the school was last judged outstanding three years ago. Minor areas for improvement have been comprehensively addressed. Attention to detail, clarity of vision, relentless drive and the pride that has been engendered in all staff gives this school an exceptional capacity to keep on improving


How effective are leadership and management

Truly inspirational leadership, management and governance and the strong determination of staff to improve their practice have moved teaching and learning on from good at the time of the last inspection, to that which is now outstanding.
Attention to school improvement is detailed and perceptive. Leaders and managers know that their school is outstanding but are also keen to help other providers to achieve this status. They are not precious and are outgoing in their efforts to help improve the lives of their students and help others to remain in their mainstream schools.
There is a very unique curriculum. This extends well beyond the National Curriculum and strongly promotes the inclusion of all pupils and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. There is a very high awareness of the hurdles students face in transferring to life after school. Older students are given exceptionally good guidance to help them understand and use what they have learned when they were younger. Every student is treated equally and has equal opportunities to succeed.

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