The Michael Tippett School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Post 16
Special school

Heron Road
Herne Hill
SE24 0HZ
11 - 19
Community special school
4 1 1 2 3 4
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Pupil/Teacher ratio
Persistent Absence
Pupils first language
not English
Free school meals
Pupils with SEN support

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. In the two years that you have been in post, you have established an impressive and effective leadership team. You have moved the school on to the point where one member of staff I spoke to said that it was ‘unrecognisable’. The developments that you and your leadership team have created are greatly valued by families, staff and governors. Leaders provide a purposeful and welcoming school that reflects your commitment to providing the very best for your pupils. Effective teaching across the school has enabled pupils to learn skills that are then widely applied in the local community. One pupil who previously was thought to be too great a risk to leave your building was taught the social skills needed to visit the local area. He is now thriving at college as a consequence. You have high expectations for both academic and personal development progress, including of those who have the most complex needs. There is a strong emphasis on making sure that pupils are ready for learning. Your whole team uses a consistent approach to helping pupils to manage their behaviour positively, and this has led to an exceptionally high number of pupils meeting or exceeding expectations in personal development. Where potential behaviour incidents arise, they are swiftly and skilfully avoided because all staff know pupils extremely well. Highly effective work with external agencies ensures that staff have access to the specialist guidance they need to feel confident to support the needs of even the most challenging pupils. The level of absence has reduced significantly since you became headteacher. You have brought about a change in culture and have raised expectations around attendance, including for those who have additional health needs. Staff, pupil and parent satisfaction is high. Those parents we spoke to felt that information about their child’s progress was of good quality, and that issues were resolved swiftly. One parent felt that your arrangements to prepare pupils for college were particularly strong. The three pupils I spoke to said that the school made them feel happy and safe. Through positive communication with staff, multidisciplinary professionals and families, you have identified the need to assess the holistic development of your pupils. You have developed a comprehensive system for tracking personal and social development, although further work is required to ensure that your holistic targets are secure. You are at the early stage of developing your middle leaders to create a more distributed leadership team. This will provide more scope to monitor standards of teaching and learning, and support you to achieve your ambitious vision for the school. Safeguarding is effective. Leaders, including governors, have ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose. Records are detailed and of high quality. Leaders and governors have established a safe culture that is visible throughout the school. Children with medical conditions are kept safe because systems to support their care are rigorous, and staff receive thorough and regular support. All staff receive appropriate safeguarding training. This has ensured that safeguarding responsibilities throughout the school are taken extremely seriously. Weekly safeguarding conversations in briefings maintain high levels of vigilance and keep staff alert to risks in the school and local community. Inspection findings We first checked on the extent to which leaders and governors ensured that there is a strong culture of safeguarding in the school. Leaders and governors are not afraid to challenge other professionals in order to keep children safe, and will escalate concerns where necessary. This demonstrates your relentless drive to ensure that even the most vulnerable pupils and their families receive the support and care they need. A combination of close working with other agencies and specialist training ensures that all staff are well equipped to meet the complex medical, physical and emotional needs of your pupils.

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