Exeter House Special School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
Special school
2 - 19
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This pupil heat map shows where pupils currently attending the school live.
The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

Source: All attending pupils National School Census Data 2021, ONS
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This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the last School Census collected by the Department for Education. It is a visualisation of where pupils lived at the time of the annual School Census.

Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

This information is provided as a guide only. The criteria in which schools use to allocate places in the event that they are oversubscribed can and do vary between schools and over time. These criteria can include distance from the school and sometimes specific catchment areas but can also include, amongst others, priority for siblings, children of a particular faith or specific feeder schools. Living in an area where children have previously attended a school does not guarantee admission to the school in future years. Always check with the school’s own admission authority for the current admission arrangements.

3 steps to help parents gather catchment information for a school:

  1. Look at our school catchment area guide for more information on heat maps. They give a useful indicator of the general areas that admit pupils to the school. This visualisation is based on all attending pupils present at the time of the annual School Census.
  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Contact (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

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Ofsted Parent View

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

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Starting in post at the beginning of this term, it is impressive how you have rapidly gained the respect of your team and built positive relationships with the pupils. Your drive, passion and determination for the school to offer the very best quality of education and care to the pupils it serves shine through. Indeed, governors describe how the school is currently on a ‘launch pad’ as a result of leaders’ aspirations for it to be outstanding. You are ably supported by your senior leaders, who share your vision for the school and eagerness for it to be the very best. Their leadership is very much respected and valued by staff. Through accurate self-evaluation you, senior leaders and governors possess a clear knowledge of the school’s strengths and are fully aware of what needs to improve, for example, the need to distribute leadership within the school to enable a clear line of monitoring and accountability to secure the best possible progress for pupils. In addition, you know that your most-able pupils are not yet fulfilling their academic potential. You are rapidly securing detailed and robust development plans for how these areas are going to be quickly and effectively resolved. Staff know pupils extremely well and have an unwavering dedication to meeting their academic and pastoral needs. This was exemplified by staff describing how they consider their job to be a vocation and enjoy coming to school each day. As a result, pupils continue to thrive and make strong progress. Most parents speak positively about the school and are highly supportive. However, some express how they would welcome better communication with the school. They would like to have a clearer understanding of how the actions the school takes impact on their child’s learning and development. Nevertheless, there were also many favourable comments such as, ‘This is an amazing school, amazing teachers, I couldn’t be happier with Exeter House, it is fantastic’, ‘The resources and provision are exemplary’ and ‘It is a great school, we are very happy with all that it has to offer’. 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 effectiveness of leaders in ensuring that pupils make good progress; how teaching enables pupils to learn well; and how leaders, including governors, ensure that staff are supported well in their role. These key lines of enquiry are considered below under ‘safeguarding’ and ‘inspection findings’. Safeguarding is effective. You, your staff and governors take a rigorous and consistent approach to safeguarding. The nature of your school means that all pupils are vulnerable in a variety of ways. There is a clear culture that safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility and staff, whatever their role, recognise the need to be vigilant at all times. Leaders are relentless in ensuring that they provide an environment where pupils feel safe and secure. Clear and well-understood procedures ensure that adults know how to refer concerns within school and to outside agencies. Leaders meticulously monitor pupils and are assiduous in following up any concerns, not hesitating to escalate concerns should the need arise. You, other leaders and governors ensure that all safeguarding records are detailed and of high quality. You ensure that staff receive timely and appropriate training on keeping pupils safe. This provides them with the knowledge and skills to identify concerns and take rapid action with confidence. Leaders, including governors, have a clear understanding of the importance of recruiting safely. The records of checks on staff are comprehensive and accurate. Risk assessments are in place for activities undertaken and for individual pupils. Leaders are diligent to make sure they remain fit for purpose. The supportiveness of relationships between staff and pupils is striking. Consequently, pupils report that they are happy and feel safe during their time in school. They describe how staff look after them and support them in tackling any of their worries or concerns. Pupils are aware of what constitutes bullying. They told inspectors that it rarely happens and when it does it is quickly tackled by staff. Consequently, pupils enjoy their time in school, which is evident in their regular attendance.

Exeter House Special School Parent Reviews

59% Parents Recommend This School
Strongly Agree 47% Agree 29% Disagree 12% Strongly Disagree 6% Don't Know 6% {"strongly_agree"=>47, "agree"=>29, "disagree"=>12, "strongly_disagree"=>6, "dont_know"=>6} Figures based on 17 responses up to 02-10-2018
Strongly Agree 53% Agree 18% Disagree 29% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>53, "agree"=>18, "disagree"=>29, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 17 responses up to 02-10-2018
Strongly Agree 41% Agree 24% Disagree 24% Strongly Disagree 12% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>41, "agree"=>24, "disagree"=>24, "strongly_disagree"=>12, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 17 responses up to 02-10-2018
Strongly Agree 35% Agree 24% Disagree 18% Strongly Disagree 12% Don't Know 12% {"strongly_agree"=>35, "agree"=>24, "disagree"=>18, "strongly_disagree"=>12, "dont_know"=>12} Figures based on 17 responses up to 02-10-2018
Strongly Agree 41% Agree 24% Disagree 12% Strongly Disagree 12% Don't Know 12% {"strongly_agree"=>41, "agree"=>24, "disagree"=>12, "strongly_disagree"=>12, "dont_know"=>12} Figures based on 17 responses up to 02-10-2018
Strongly Agree 18% Agree 6% Disagree 18% Strongly Disagree 12% Don't Know 47% {"strongly_agree"=>18, "agree"=>6, "disagree"=>18, "strongly_disagree"=>12, "dont_know"=>47} Figures based on 17 responses up to 02-10-2018
Strongly Agree 35% Agree 18% Disagree 35% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 12% {"strongly_agree"=>35, "agree"=>18, "disagree"=>35, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>12} Figures based on 17 responses up to 02-10-2018
Strongly Agree 35% Agree 18% Disagree 12% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 35% {"strongly_agree"=>35, "agree"=>18, "disagree"=>12, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>35} Figures based on 17 responses up to 02-10-2018
Strongly Agree 41% Agree 12% Disagree 6% Strongly Disagree 29% Don't Know 12% {"strongly_agree"=>41, "agree"=>12, "disagree"=>6, "strongly_disagree"=>29, "dont_know"=>12} Figures based on 17 responses up to 02-10-2018
Strongly Agree 41% Agree 18% Disagree 24% Strongly Disagree 18% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>41, "agree"=>18, "disagree"=>24, "strongly_disagree"=>18, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 17 responses up to 02-10-2018
Strongly Agree 47% Agree 12% Disagree 12% Strongly Disagree 24% Don't Know 6% {"strongly_agree"=>47, "agree"=>12, "disagree"=>12, "strongly_disagree"=>24, "dont_know"=>6} Figures based on 17 responses up to 02-10-2018
Yes 59% No 41% {"yes"=>59, "no"=>41} Figures based on 17 responses up to 02-10-2018

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