Dorin Park School & Specialist SEN College
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
Special school
PUPILS
138
AGES
2 - 19
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Community special school

How Does The School Perform?

4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.08
Ofsted Inspection
(25/9/18)
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85%
NATIONAL AVG. 93%
Happiness Rating

Ofsted Parent View

6.1:1
NATIONAL AVG. 20.7:1
Pupil/Teacher ratio
20.2%
NATIONAL AVG. 8.2%
Persistent Absence
8.7%
NATIONAL AVG. 20.9%
Pupils first language
not English
38.8%
NATIONAL AVG. 20.8%
Free school meals
Wealstone Lane
Upton
Chester
CH2 1HD
01244470134

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. You have led a team of forward-thinking senior leaders to establish an open culture within the school. Staff feel valued because of the time that senior leaders invest in their development. They appreciate the freedom to try new approaches to cater for pupils’ diverse and often complex needs. Staff feel proud to be part of the school. The relationships they have with pupils are excellent. Pupils who are new to the school settle in well because staff understand each pupil’s needs. Parents and carers are positive about the way in which staff work with their children. Pupils enjoy their work and make good progress in their learning. The areas for improvement identified at the last inspection have been addressed effectively. You have ensured that there has been comprehensive training for staff on how to communicate effectively with pupils. Pupils follow instructions and respond well to questions because they understand what is expected of their learning. One notable example of this development is the consistent way in which staff use sign language. You have also revised systems for setting individual targets for pupils. This has been successful in helping some pupils to achieve GCSEs at the end of key stage 4. However, this has been less successful in challenging some of the younger pupils within the primary age range to make even greater strides in their learning. Governors provide knowledgeable support and challenge for leaders. However, governors do not fully hold leaders to account for the progress of some of the most able pupils in the primary age range. Safeguarding is effective. You and the leadership team have ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose. You have created a distinctive character within the school by securing an exceptional commitment from staff to the needs of pupils and their families. As such, there is a strong, vigilant culture within the school. Staff routinely report the slightest concerns so that leaders are able to analyse and address any emerging trends in pupils’ behaviour. Staff receive effective safeguarding training to keep them up to date with the most recent statutory guidance. Inspection findings As part of this inspection, there were a number of key lines of enquiry. The first of these was to look at how well children in the early years progress. Children make good progress to meet their targets, which is evidenced well in their records of learning. Those who need more time to consolidate their skills have opportunities to stay in the early years for a longer period. This enables children to develop basic skills so that they form sound foundations for their future learning. Staff quickly establish strong relationships with children so that the children feel safe and secure. Children smile. They are attentive and interested learners because staff engage them well in their learning. However, the targets set for some of the most able children do not provide opportunities to achieve even higher standards. We looked at how effectively governors hold leaders to account for improving pupils’ outcomes. Governance is a strength of the school. Governors have clear strategies through which they challenge leaders. They have a good grasp of the strengths and weaknesses of the quality of teaching and learning. At meetings, they ask pertinent questions to champion the needs of pupils. They have a good understanding of the range of special educational needs and/or disabilities that pupils have. However, the information that leaders share with governors does not report on achievements that exceed the targets set for pupils’ learning. Consequently, governors are unsure about the proportion of pupils that make better-than-expected progress. This is particularly true for pupils in the primary age range. We also looked at how effectively careers education enables students to move on to positive destinations when they leave the 16 to 19 provision. Students receive individualised advice that focuses on their aspirations, as well as their interests. They spend a day each week at college and learn skills for independent living. For example, they write letters of application and think carefully about the questions that they might be asked at interview. Students feel confident when applying for a place at the local college and many go on to study there. They also have opportunities to experience working in different settings, including a cafe and a falconry centre. These experiences are effective in ensuring that students are positive about the future and are keen to experience the wider world.

Dorin Park School & Specialist SEN College Parent Reviews



81% Parents Recommend This School
Strongly Agree 63% Agree 22% Disagree 11% Strongly Disagree 4% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>63, "agree"=>22, "disagree"=>11, "strongly_disagree"=>4, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 27 responses up to 20-12-2018
Strongly Agree 63% Agree 22% Disagree 11% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 4% {"strongly_agree"=>63, "agree"=>22, "disagree"=>11, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>4} Figures based on 27 responses up to 20-12-2018
Strongly Agree 52% Agree 30% Disagree 11% Strongly Disagree 7% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>52, "agree"=>30, "disagree"=>11, "strongly_disagree"=>7, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 27 responses up to 20-12-2018
Strongly Agree 59% Agree 26% Disagree 11% Strongly Disagree 4% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>59, "agree"=>26, "disagree"=>11, "strongly_disagree"=>4, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 27 responses up to 20-12-2018
Strongly Agree 59% Agree 26% Disagree 7% Strongly Disagree 7% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>59, "agree"=>26, "disagree"=>7, "strongly_disagree"=>7, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 27 responses up to 20-12-2018
Strongly Agree 26% Agree 37% Disagree 11% Strongly Disagree 11% Don't Know 15% {"strongly_agree"=>26, "agree"=>37, "disagree"=>11, "strongly_disagree"=>11, "dont_know"=>15} Figures based on 27 responses up to 20-12-2018
Strongly Agree 41% Agree 48% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 4% Don't Know 7% {"strongly_agree"=>41, "agree"=>48, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>4, "dont_know"=>7} Figures based on 27 responses up to 20-12-2018
Strongly Agree 37% Agree 22% Disagree 4% Strongly Disagree 4% Don't Know 33% {"strongly_agree"=>37, "agree"=>22, "disagree"=>4, "strongly_disagree"=>4, "dont_know"=>33} Figures based on 27 responses up to 20-12-2018
Strongly Agree 48% Agree 37% Disagree 7% Strongly Disagree 4% Don't Know 4% {"strongly_agree"=>48, "agree"=>37, "disagree"=>7, "strongly_disagree"=>4, "dont_know"=>4} Figures based on 27 responses up to 20-12-2018
Strongly Agree 52% Agree 37% Disagree 7% Strongly Disagree 4% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>52, "agree"=>37, "disagree"=>7, "strongly_disagree"=>4, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 27 responses up to 20-12-2018
Strongly Agree 33% Agree 33% Disagree 22% Strongly Disagree 11% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>33, "agree"=>33, "disagree"=>22, "strongly_disagree"=>11, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 27 responses up to 20-12-2018
Yes 81% No 19% {"yes"=>81, "no"=>19} Figures based on 27 responses up to 20-12-2018

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