Carlton Digby School

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
Special school
61 Digby Avenue
3 - 18
Community special school
4 1 1 2 3 4
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School Description

This special school caters for pupils aged from three to 19 with a wide range of special educational needs. Many of the difficulties overlap but over half the pupils have severe learning difficulties as their primary disability and over a quarter have moderate learning difficulties as theirs. The primary difficulties of most of the other pupils are either profound and multiple learning difficulties, or autistic spectrum conditions. The numbers of pupils in all year groups are small. Over two thirds of the pupils are boys. The school is managed in lower and upper phases. The lower phase comprises of the Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stages 1, 2 and 3. The upper school is made up of Key Stages 4 and 5. Most pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties are taught together. Pupils in the upper school are taught mathematics and English with pupils of similar ability. Other classes throughout the school are more mixed. At over half, the proportion of pupils known to be eligible for pupil premium funding is much higher than the national average. This is additional funding for specific groups of pupils, in this case, those who are looked after or who are known to be eligible for free school meals. Comparisons of the achievement of eligible pupils with others are not reported because individuals would potentially be identified due to small cohorts. Very few of the pupils speak English as an additional language. Many have communication difficulties and some use augmentative systems of sign or symbols. The proportion of pupils who start at or leave the school in years other than the Early Years Foundation Stage or Year 14 is much higher than in most other schools. There have been several changes of staff since the previous inspection. Many middle leaders, such as subject coordinators, are very new to their positions and roles. Following the previous headteacher’s retirement in December 2013, the current headteacher took up the role in an acting capacity in January 2014. She secured the permanent position in May 2014. Previously she had been the school’s deputy headteacher for over seven years. The current assistant headteacher took up this role, in an acting capacity, in April 2014. Previously she was leader of the upper school. The leader of the lower school is currently absent from school and her duties are being covered by another teacher. Following its previous inspection, the school has received support from Ash Lea School in Nottingham and Ash Field School in Leicester. A very small proportion of pupils are educated off site through the company Real Education.

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