The Springfields Academy
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
Special school

Curzon Street
SN11 0DS
5 - 19
Academy special sponsor led
4 1 1 2 3 4
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Happiness Rating
Persistent Absence
Pupils first language
not English
Free school meals
Pupils with SEN support

School Description

Springfields Academy is set in a small rural town in Wiltshire. The school offers day and residential provision for pupils with social and emotional difficulties and/or high-functioning autistic spectrum disorders who have the potential to access the primary or secondary school curriculum. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan. Springfields provides residential accommodation on the school site. All residential pupils return home at weekends and during school holidays. The proportions of residential and day pupils are almost evenly balanced with a small majority residential. The majority of pupils are boys. Five per cent of pupils are girls. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is well above the national average. (The pupil premium is additional government funding for pupils entitled to receive free school meals and those looked after by their local authority.) A small minority of pupils come from ethnic minority groups. No current pupils speak English as an additional language. Some Years 10 and 11 pupils attend part time at Wiltshire College, including the Lackham campus, supported by school staff. The previous integrated inspection at Springfields was in February 2013 when the school was judged to be outstanding. The previous inspection of the residential provision was in September 2015 when this was judged to be inadequate. Inspection report: The Springfields Academy, 16–18 May 2016 Page 9 of 11 Information about this inspection Inspectors observed teaching throughout the school, including observations with senior leaders. Pupils’ work was examined during observations. Inspectors visited the residential accommodation during and after the school day to observe the provision and speak with pupils and staff. Meetings were held with senior leaders, other staff and governors. A telephone conversation was held with a representative of Wiltshire local authority and with a member of staff at the Lackham campus of Wiltshire College. Inspectors considered information received from other local authorities by email. Parents’ views were considered through the 28 responses to Parent View. Inspectors considered email messages from parents sent directly to Ofsted during the inspection, met with some parents and talked with others on the telephone. Pupils’ views were considered in three meetings and through pupils’ conversations with inspectors around the school. The views of staff were analysed through the 38 responses to Ofsted’s online staff survey. A range of documents were examined, including leaders’ evaluation of the school’s effectiveness and the school’s improvement planning, school policies, records of leaders’ checks on teaching, information about the curriculum and pupils’ achievement, and governing body minutes. Inspectors also analysed documents relating to the care and welfare of pupils, including risk assessments and care plans, and records relating to medical care, behaviour incidents, physical interventions, and pupils’ attendance and exclusions. Inspectors scrutinised the school’s central record of checks made on staff and considered leaders’ responses to parents’ complaints.

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