St Elizabeth's School

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
Special school

South End
Much Hadham
SG10 6EW
5 - 19
Non-maintained special school
4 1 1 2 3 4
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School Description

St Elizabeth’s School is a small, all-through, special school which caters for pupils with epilepsy and other neurological conditions. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs or education, health and care plans. The large majority of pupils have additional needs such as autistic spectrum disorder, severe learning difficulties, profound and multiple learning difficulties, physical disabilities and a range of other health needs. Thirty one pupils are residential and seven are day only pupils. The residential provision was inspected in March 2014 and was found to be outstanding in all areas. There are very few primary-aged pupils, and boys significantly outnumber girls. Pupils are taught in mixed-age classes. Some classes range from Year 5 to Year 11. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils, including those looked after by the local authority, is average. As a non-maintained school it does not receive primary sports funding, or catch-up funding to support pupils in Year 7. The school receives pupil premium funding for a very small number of disadvantaged pupils. The vast majority of pupils are White British and very few are from families where English is spoken as an additional language. Year 11 and sixth form students attend Hertfordshire Regional College for a drama course and also a local farm where they get credits for work-experience as part of a City and Guilds Programme. Since the previous inspection, governors have undergone a review by an external agency and there have been changes in the senior leadership of the school. The Principal was appointed in September 2013 and another assistant principal was appointed very soon after. Another senior post has recently been taken up by a longer-serving member of staff. The school and residential provision share a campus that meets the needs of people with epilepsy. There is a college on site with residential provision for adults. There is nursing and therapist provision on site. The whole organisation is managed by a chief executive. It is a charitable organisation linked to the Catholic Congregation of the Daughters of the Cross of Liege, in Belgium. The chief executive manages the care of residential adults and the on-site college, as well as this residential special school. The school has recently applied to have its residential provision changed from 38 weeks to 52 weeks and is currently seeking registration as a children’s home.

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