Baytree School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
Special school

The Campus
Highlands Lane
Weston-super-Mare
BS24 7DX
01934427555
Pupils
67
Ages
3 - 19
Gender
Mixed
Type
Community special school
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.08
Ofsted Inspection
(16/3/17)
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93%
NATIONAL AVG. 92%
Happiness Rating
6.4:1
NATIONAL AVG. 20.7:1
Pupil/Teacher ratio
52.2%
NATIONAL AVG. 8.2%
Persistent Absence
3%
NATIONAL AVG. 21.2%
Pupils first language
not English
24.6%
NATIONAL AVG. 16.8%
Free school meals

School Description

Despite governors being in the process of securing the leadership of the school, the leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Since starting in the role of acting headteacher in January 2017, you have quickly established yourself as an effective leader and have gained the respect of staff and parents. Staff share your passion and determination to drive forward improvements and to provide the very best quality of care and education for all pupils. You and your staff constantly research and reflect on ways to improve the quality of provision you provide for each individual pupil to ensure that they make the best possible progress. Fundamental to the effectiveness of your school is the utter determination of staff to ensure that pupils receive high-quality learning opportunities and the very best experiences. Your school’s motto, ‘Making the most of every day’, shines through all activities. For example, on the day of the inspection older pupils were clearly excited as they made their way to the school garden to start preparing beds for growing produce. Other pupils were engrossed in painting the shed, doing so carefully and working well together. Acquiring such skills is preparing pupils well for their future. The knowledge of staff on individual pupils’ needs is impressive. Adults build exceptional relationships with pupils and their families. These contribute very effectively to both the strong progress pupils make and their well-being. Parents are overwhelmingly positive about the quality of care and education their children receive. They are extremely complimentary about the school. ‘The school is amazing and my child has made fantastic progress,’ and ‘The staff are passionate and positive and this reflects in the achievements of children,’ are typical of parents’ comments to the inspectors. Parents welcome your visible presence and approachability. They are confident that you listen carefully to them when they have any concerns. Parents know that you will act quickly to support them to ensure that their children are happy and enjoy school. At the beginning of the inspection, we agreed on the key lines of enquiry to be considered during the day. These included how the school ensures that pupils are safe, the impact of leaders in ensuring that pupils receive an effective education, how communication tools are used to enhance pupils’ learning experiences and the effectiveness of the curriculum to capture the learning of pupils’ different interests and abilities. These key lines of enquiry are considered below under ‘Safeguarding’ and ‘Inspection findings’. Safeguarding is effective. You and your staff are extremely mindful of the vulnerability of your pupils and the significance of your role in keeping them safe. There is a strong culture of safeguarding which permeates the school, with a shared understanding of the need to protect pupils from all conceivable risks. Staff, irrespective of their roles, receive high-quality training. This ensures that staff have the knowledge and skills to quickly identify any changes in pupils which may suggest they are at risk of harm, and be able to take action with confidence. Staff fully understand the importance of completing risk assessments personalised to the individual needs of the pupil. You monitor these carefully to ensure that they remain fit for purpose. Systems in place at the start and end of the day to ensure that pupils are safe are extremely well choreographed and help pupils keep their anxiety levels to a minimum. The school’s procedures to check the suitability of staff to work with pupils are robust. Leaders, including governors, are well trained in order to recruit safely. All staff are vetted carefully prior to starting employment at the school. Documents and records are detailed, clearly recorded and appropriately stored and shared. You work closely with a range of outside agencies to minimise risk to pupils and keep them safe. Pupils who spoke to inspectors talked openly about how they feel safe in school, reflecting the high levels of care and guidance staff provide. Pupils are confident that they can talk to any member of staff about any worries or concerns, and know they will be well supported.

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