Longcause Community Special School

Primary & Secondary
Special school
Longcause
Plympton St Maurice
Plympton
Plymouth
PL7 1JB
01752336881
Pupils
104
Ages
4 - 16
Gender
Mixed
Type
Community special school
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.06
Ofsted Report
(26/4/18)
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Longcause Community Special School caters for pupils with autism and a range of special education needs such as speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and behavioural, emotional and social difficulties (BESD).The majority of pupils also have complex medical needs. A significant number of pupils particularly in the primary section are non-verbal. About a fifth of pupils are girls. Almost all pupils are from White British backgrounds. About a half of pupils are eligible for the pupil premium. This is above the national average. This additional government funding is for children in the care of the local authority or who are known to be eligible for free school meals. The school receives additional funding for sports for pupils in the primary and for ‘catch-up’ for pupils in Year 7. The school maintains a special unit called the ‘Oasis Centre’ for pupils with very complex special education needs. Currently, six pupils attend the centre. The ‘Oasis Centre’ is led by a Plymouth leader of education . The school devised and introduced a new curriculum ‘Learning for Life’ (LLfL) this year to support its Personal, Social, and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum. The school works collaboratively with professionals from several external agencies, especially the speech and language therapy service, occupational therapists and music therapists. All children in the Early Years stage attend full time. The school uses a number of vocational providers such as SR Training in Saltash, Cornwall and On Track Education Services, Totnes. The school does not use alternative provision for its pupils. What does the school need to do to improve further? Raise expectations for the more able pupils in Key Stage 4 by ensuring that: more challenging targets are set for them in all subjects including English and mathematics they are given increased opportunities to obtain higher qualifications in more subjects.

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