The Forest School

Primary & Secondary
Special school
Park Lane
Knaresborough
HG5 0DQ
01423864583
Pupils
113
Ages
2 - 16
Gender
Mixed
Type
Community special school
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.06
Ofsted Report
(17/12/19)
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95%
NATIONAL AVG. 92%
Happiness Rating

Ofsted Parent View

5.7:1
NATIONAL AVG. 20.7:1
Pupil/Teacher ratio
30.4%
NATIONAL AVG. 8.7%
Persistent Absence
5%
NATIONAL AVG. 21.2%
Pupils first language
not English
35.4%
NATIONAL AVG. 23%
Free school meals

School Description

The Forest School provides for pupils aged three to 16 with a range of complex disabilities and special educational needs including autism spectrum disorders, severe learning difficulties, moderate learning difficulties, speech language and communication needs and physical disabilities. A few pupils have sensory impairments in addition to their learning difficulties. Many pupils have complex combinations of special educational needs and all have a statement of special educational needs or education, care and health plans. Children who attend the early years provision may attend full time or part time according to their individual needs. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils, those eligible for the additional pupil premium funding, is above average. This is additional government funding for those known to be eligible for free school meals or who are looked after by the local authority. The large majority of pupils are of White British heritage. Pupils come from across North Yorkshire, with many travelling long distances to attend the school. Pupils are frequently admitted at other than the usual times, usually transferring from mainstream primary and secondary schools. The school makes use of work experience placements as appropriate for individual pupils. There were no pupils on placement at the time of the inspection. The local authority commissions the school to provide outreach advice and guidance for pupils with autism attending mainstream schools. Two senior members of staff are specialist leaders in education. Two other members of staff are regional trainers in a commercial signing system and positive behaviour management. The school is a specialist college for communication and interaction. It is a strategic partner in the HART (Harrogate and Rural Teaching) Alliance, together with one secondary school and approximately 50 primary schools.

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