The Observatory School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary & Secondary
Special school
PUPILS
86
AGES
11 - 16
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Community special school

How Does The School Perform?

4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.08
Ofsted Inspection
(14/3/18)
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6.0:1
NATIONAL AVG. 20.7:1
Pupil/Teacher ratio
62.9%
NATIONAL AVG. 8.2%
Persistent Absence
62.8%
NATIONAL AVG. 16.8%
Free school meals
20.2%
NATIONAL AVG. 12.6%
Pupils with SEN support

Progress Compared With All Other Schools

- 2.7 GCSE Progress Score Well Below Average (About 12% of schools in England) Below Average (About 20% of schools in England) Average (About 37% of schools in England) Above Average (About 17% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 14% of schools in England)
Bidston Village Road
Bidston
Prenton
CH43 7QT
01516527093

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Staff are highly dedicated to achieving the best for the pupils in their care, many of whom have had disruption to their education in the past. Pupils trust staff and relate well to them. The school’s expectations are high. The pupils we spoke to said that the school helps them to learn and to improve their behaviour. There have been many changes since the previous inspection. These included the introduction of an interim executive board (IEB) following significant concerns about governance in the past. In addition, you have been appointed as headteacher. Well over half of the teaching staff are new to the school. Throughout these changes, leaders have been careful to make sure that there has been the smallest possible disruption to pupils’ learning. In addition, you have recently put in place a series of changes to the school buildings to ensure that the facilities best meet the needs of pupils. For example, the school has set up a classroom to provide a friendly environment for pupils in key stage 3 who have autism spectrum disorder or similar needs. Similarly, you have successfully established additional provision in school for pupils who find it hard to engage with the curriculum provided for most pupils. The local authority has asked the school to extend its provision to include older pupils in key stage 2. These extra pupils are due to start at the school in the week following this inspection. The school’s re-established success gives confidence that the wellthought-out further development of the school will be successful.

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