Meadowbank Special School
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Special school
4 - 11

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Colwill Rd
CF14 2QQ
02920 616018

School Description

Meadowbank is a special day school, maintained by Cardiff City Council. It provides education for pupils aged 4 to 11 years. All pupils have statements of special educational needs. The majority of pupils who attend the school have speech, language and communication difficulties. All pupils live in the Cardiff area and just over one-third are from minority ethnic backgrounds. Currently, there are no looked-after pupils at the school. No pupils speak Welsh as their first language at home. About 47.1% of pupils receive free school meals. This is higher than the national average of 42.3% for special schools. Many pupils receive input from the speech and language therapy service that is accessed three days a week at the school. It is not appropriate to compare the standards that pupils achieve at the school with national averages or to analyse the performance trends of groups of pupils over time because of the nature of pupils’ special educational needs. The school, commissioned by the local authority, provides an early years outreach service to all local authority nursery settings in Cardiff. The early communication and language intervention programme (ECLIPS) provides support, advice, and guidance on implementing appropriate strategies in working with young children with speech and language needs. This service was not included in the inspection of Meadowbank school. The school was last inspected in November 2013. Since this time, it has undergone considerable change. Currently, there are 33 pupils on roll, of which many are new to the school and started in September 2019. A rising number of pupils have special educational needs relating to general learning difficulties, social and emotional needs, and physical and medical needs. All teachers have been in post for less than a year and many teaching assistants are also new to the school. The senior management team consists of a headteacher and a deputy headteacher. Both were appointed in September 2018. Further information is available from the Welsh Government My Local School website at the link below. 1 A report on Meadowbank Special School November 2019 Summary The school is a nurturing and safe environment, which has been particularly important for the recent intake of a large number of new pupils this term. The school has supported nearly all pupils successfully to settle extremely well into their new classes, daily routines, and activities. Most pupils make suitable progress, across the areas of learning, which is generally in line with targets identified in their individual education plans. Teachers are beginning to use a limited range of broadly appropriate assessment information to better inform planning. However, the overall planning for the co-ordination and progressive development of pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills is under-developed. In addition the quality and appropriateness of staff feedback to pupils vary significantly. Over the last two years, the school has experienced a period of significant and challenging change. Leaders continue to face many challenges, but show resilience and are proactive in improving a few important aspects of the school’s work. However, the lack of strategic processes and systems operating across the school prevents it from moving forward in a timely manner. Inspection area Judgement Standards Adequate and needs improvement Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Good Teaching and learning experiences Adequate and needs improvement Care, support and guidance Adequate and needs improvement Leadership and management Adequate and needs improvement 2 A report on Meadowbank Special School November 2019 Recommendations R1 Address the safeguarding concerns identified during the inspection R2 Improve the literacy and numeracy skills of all pupils R3 Strengthen curriculum planning and ensure that the curriculum builds on the skills of all pupils R4 Develop systems to quality assure the work of the school and track pupil progress R5 Improve the quality of strategic leadership What happens next The school will draw up an action plan to show how it is going to address the recommendations. Estyn will review the school’s progress.

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