Holly House Special School

Primary & Secondary
Special school

Church Street North
Old Whittington
S41 9QR
7 - 14
Community special school
4 1 1 2 3 4
Ofsted Report
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Pupil/Teacher ratio
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Pupils first language
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Free school meals

School Description

The school has provision for pupils with severe social, emotional, mental health and behavioural difficulties. Prior to admission, pupils have been excluded from mainstream education or have had a disrupted education. All pupils have an EHC plan. Many have complex needs, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, attachment disorder, pathological demand avoidance disorder, autism spectrum disorder and communication and language difficulties. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is well above the national average. Most pupils are of White British heritage. The school makes residential provision for up to eight pupils a night. There is a rotating programme of enrichment activities in which pupils participate. This provision was last inspected by Ofsted in February 2019 and received an outstanding judgement. The school uses one alternative provider, Chesterfield Community Care Farm. Inspection report: Holly House Special School, 2–3 April 2019 Page 8 of 10 Information about this inspection Inspectors observed a range of lessons in both key stages. Some lessons were jointly observed with senior leaders. Inspectors reviewed pupils’ work and met with two groups of pupils: a group from key stage 2 and a group from key stage 3. Inspectors listened to pupils read and observed them over breaktimes. Meetings were held with the headteacher, the deputy headteacher, the leaders of English and mathematics, the coordinator of the provision for pupils with SEND, a group of teachers, a group of teaching assistants and a senior adviser from the local authority. Inspectors met the chair and vice-chair of the governing body and one other governor. Inspectors reviewed the school improvement plan and the school’s self-evaluation. They also reviewed tracking information regarding pupils’ progress and documentation related to behaviour and safeguarding. Inspectors reviewed the 10 responses to Parent View, Ofsted’s online questionnaire, the school’s own parental survey and the seven responses to the Ofsted free-text service for parents. Inspectors also spoke with two parents. Inspectors reviewed the 11 responses to the staff survey. Inspection team Martin Finch, lead inspector Her Majesty’s Inspector Karen Lewis Ofsted Inspector Inspection report: Holly House Special School, 2–3 April 2019 Page 9 of 10 Any complaints about the inspection or the report should be made following the procedures set out in the guidance ‘Raising concerns and making a complaint about Ofsted’, which is available from Ofsted’s website: www.gov.uk/government/publications/complaints-about-ofsted. If you would like Ofsted to send you a copy of the guidance, please telephone 0300 123 4234, or email [email protected]

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