Brooklands School - Split Site
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Special school

27 Wray Park Road
Wray Park Road
2 - 11
Community special school
4 1 1 2 3 4
Ofsted Inspection
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Happiness Rating

Ofsted Parent View

Pupil/Teacher ratio
Persistent Absence
Pupils first language
not English
Free school meals
Pupils with SEN support

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Since you joined the school in September 2017, you have led the school with drive and passion. You, your leadership team and staff share an ambitious vision for all your pupils. Together, you are determined to unlock pupils’ full potential academically, while also developing their personal, social, communication and independence skills. After joining the school as headteacher, you reviewed many aspects of the school’s work. You have set aspirational targets for the school to challenge staff and leaders to enable pupils to achieve higher standards. Additionally, by developing middle leaders to support improvements in teaching and learning you have increased the capacity in the leadership team. You recognise that these leaders are new to their roles, and, although their work is having an impact on pupils’ progress, they need more time and support to develop their skills. The school meets the often extremely complex needs of its pupils well. All staff are fully trained to support the pupils. This has become of increasing importance given the widening range of health and care needs that pupils have. Pupils told inspectors that they are very happy at school. They like making friends and particularly appreciate the sensory garden. Parents and carers are extremely positive about the school. All who responded to Ofsted’s online survey, Parent View, would recommend the school to other parents. One parent said: ‘Staff took time to get to know the specific needs of our son. They ‘get him’ and, although not yet a year at Brooklands, his progress is tangible, and so much better than at his previous setting.’ In our joint lesson observations, all pupils engaged in learning with enthusiasm. Staff’s extensive knowledge of the pupils ensures that any potential incidents are averted and, as a result, behaviour in lessons and around the school was exemplary. Many parents expressed their concerns about taking their children out in the community in case people are intolerant of their children’s special educational needs. Consequently, you and your leaders have been working actively to create more community involvement with the school. For example, the school’s recent ‘royal wedding day’ was extremely successful in getting parents, local people and organisations to participate in the day’s activities. You are hoping that by involving the community with the school’s work you will generate a better understanding of the pupils. This will enable parents to feel more confident about taking their children on visits to local places. The governing body is very effective and highly supportive of the school. Individual governors hold specific responsibilities related to their skills, such as safeguarding. All governors visit regularly and are very well informed about the school’s work. Governors have a wide range of skills which enable them to provide an effective balance of support and challenge to leaders. Governors are confident that you and your leaders have the capacity to move the school forward. At the time of the last inspection, inspectors highlighted the school’s many strengths. They also recommended that the best practice within the school is shared, particularly the focus on personalised learning as this raises pupils’ achievement. Leaders responded by completely changing the way the curriculum is delivered. All pupils now follow an individualised programme tailored to address the full range of their needs as identified within their education, health and care (EHC) plans. This has resulted in many pupils making good progress academically, enabling them to achieve the targets in their EHC plans. The analysis of the school’s assessment information, for the last academic year, identified that pupils with severe learning difficulties (SLD) were not making as strong progress in writing as they were in other areas. Specific action plans have enabled some pupils to develop their skills in this area. As a result, leaders have rightly prioritised writing as an area for further improvement and plan to extend writing support across the school. Safeguarding is effective. There is a strong safeguarding culture in the school. You, the designated safeguarding lead and governors have ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are robust. The single central record of recruitment and background checks on all adults who work in the school meets statutory requirements. Staff’s training around safeguarding is thorough and includes regular updates. New staff follow a comprehensive induction programme which ensures that they know their role in safeguarding pupils and responsibilities for keeping them safe. Record-keeping is robust and any concerns are dealt with quickly and effectively. The school has excellent relationships with parents and outside agencies, working co-operatively with them to support pupils.

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