The Outdoors School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary & Secondary
Special school
7 - 14
Other independent special school

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4 1 1 2 3 4
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Straw Barn
Barton Lane
Shillingford Abbot

School Description

At the Outdoors School, the countryside is the classroom. The school uses two sites, a farm and an adventure playground. At both locations, pupils learn in the open air. Leaders understand the increased risks associated with outdoor learning. The safety of pupils has the highest priority. Pupils told us they enjoy learning outdoors – even when the weather is terrible! Pupils said that staff look after them and they feel safe. Staff deal with any incidents of bullying quickly. Parents said they see the benefits for their children in learning in a different environment. The social and emotional development of pupils is a top priority at the school. Leaders have high expectations that pupils will engage in learning. Skilled staff build pupils’ self-confidence to overcome previous negative experiences of school. Pupils study an academic curriculum based on the national curriculum. Staff deliver this through core learning sessions. This curriculum is not well sequenced. It does not ensure that pupils can achieve their full academic potential. During core learning sessions, pupils behave well. However, during free-play sessions some pupils find it hard to control their behaviour. This can unsettle other pupils and result in disrupted learning.

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