The Walnuts School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
Special school
PUPILS
176
AGES
4 - 19
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Community special school

How Does The School Perform?

4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.08
Ofsted Inspection
(6/7/16)
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89%
NATIONAL AVG. 93%
Happiness Rating

Ofsted Parent View

5.8:1
NATIONAL AVG. 20.7:1
Pupil/Teacher ratio
17.8%
NATIONAL AVG. 8.2%
Persistent Absence
27.3%
NATIONAL AVG. 20.9%
Pupils first language
not English
34%
NATIONAL AVG. 20.8%
Free school meals
Admiral Drive
Hazeley
Milton Keynes
MK8 0PU
01908563885

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. You have worked effectively with leaders and staff to create an environment where pupils with a wide range of needs flourish. Pupils make good progress towards challenging but realistic targets and also develop their personal, social and communication skills. You have high expectations of how well staff know, and respond to, each pupil’s individual needs. You and your staff tirelessly pursue how best to do this. Of particular note is how skilfully pupils’ behaviour is managed in the school. Since becoming headteacher in September 2015, you have further refined and developed agreed approaches. For example, you have worked closely with therapists to implement effective strategies to support pupils in understanding their emotions. These new successful approaches are employed consistently across all departments and link well to the highly effective strategies you have to manage pupils’ behaviour. In particular, each pupil has a detailed and well-thought-out bespoke behaviour, stress, and well-being plan. These plans are used well by teachers and assistants and ensure that pupils’ behavioural needs are fully met. As a consequence, pupils are able to participate positively in learning activities. Although some pupils sometimes display behaviours that require careful management, the atmosphere in the school is calm and orderly. One parent commented, ‘The Walnut School has changed our lives. We have confidence that our child is cared for and safe at all times at school.’ The school is growing and evolving. As a consequence, it now operates across three sites. You and your leaders acknowledge that this brings additional communication challenges for leaders and staff, which you are endeavouring to meet. Nevertheless, across the three sites, there is a high degree of consistency in how well pupils’ and students’ academic and emotional needs are catered for. This includes effective provision for those whose needs are such that they require a sensory curriculum. For example, individual timetables, with activities indicated by a series of symbols, ensure that pupils with high needs are clear about the structure of their day. You make good use of the school’s links with other special and mainstream schools to ensure that the curriculum works well for each pupil. For instance, you have significantly increased the number of accredited courses you offer to pupils and students. The department leaders carefully monitor the impact of the curriculum by checking pupils’ individual learning records, by regularly visiting classes to observe learning and by analysing information on pupils’ progress. Pupils make good progress towards their challenging targets, become increasingly confident and gain new skills. You have not yet implemented your new approach to assessing pupils’ learning without levels. You have strong plans in place to do so next term. The governing body make a very strong and effective contribution to your school, including supporting your successful work to engage parents. Governors have extensive relevant expertise that they bring to bear on their roles. Governors challenge leaders to make necessary improvements. They make good use of the information they receive on pupils’ progress as well as their visits to the school in order to ensure their requests are well-focused. Governors with relevant expertise provide additional support to leaders in their efforts to manage pupils’ behaviour so it is as good as it can be. You and your leaders have systemically developed the areas for improvement from the previous inspection report. The 16 to 19 study programmes have been extended. The provision is now a much better stepping stone for pupils as they move into the adult world. This has been the focus of governors’ ongoing scrutiny. Following initial improvements in 2014, including expansion onto a new site, governors challenged leaders to develop their work in this area further. There are well-focused plans in place to ensure that this provision continues to evolve, so the changing needs of students are fully met. In addition, following recommendations from your previous inspection report, the school’s approach towards target-setting is now both rigorous and realistic. Leaders carefully monitor pupils’ progress towards carefully decided targets. Pupils’ targets are set based on the top 25% of pupils with similar starting points nationally and then checked to ensure they are appropriate. The designated leader keeps a close eye on each pupil’s progress and also collates information to gain an effective overview. The small steps that pupils make in their learning, which are carefully recorded by teachers and assistants, feed effectively into the whole-school progress tracking system.

The Walnuts School Parent Reviews



88% Parents Recommend This School
Strongly Agree 71% Agree 18% Disagree 6% Strongly Disagree 6% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>71, "agree"=>18, "disagree"=>6, "strongly_disagree"=>6, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 17 responses up to 15-11-2018
Strongly Agree 71% Agree 18% Disagree 6% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 6% {"strongly_agree"=>71, "agree"=>18, "disagree"=>6, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>6} Figures based on 17 responses up to 15-11-2018
Strongly Agree 59% Agree 29% Disagree 6% Strongly Disagree 6% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>59, "agree"=>29, "disagree"=>6, "strongly_disagree"=>6, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 17 responses up to 15-11-2018
Strongly Agree 82% Agree 18% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>82, "agree"=>18, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 17 responses up to 15-11-2018
Strongly Agree 71% Agree 6% Disagree 6% Strongly Disagree 6% Don't Know 12% {"strongly_agree"=>71, "agree"=>6, "disagree"=>6, "strongly_disagree"=>6, "dont_know"=>12} Figures based on 17 responses up to 15-11-2018
Strongly Agree 47% Agree 24% Disagree 12% Strongly Disagree 6% Don't Know 12% {"strongly_agree"=>47, "agree"=>24, "disagree"=>12, "strongly_disagree"=>6, "dont_know"=>12} Figures based on 17 responses up to 15-11-2018
Strongly Agree 41% Agree 59% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>41, "agree"=>59, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 17 responses up to 15-11-2018
Strongly Agree 53% Agree 18% Disagree 6% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 24% {"strongly_agree"=>53, "agree"=>18, "disagree"=>6, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>24} Figures based on 17 responses up to 15-11-2018
Strongly Agree 59% Agree 29% Disagree 6% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 6% {"strongly_agree"=>59, "agree"=>29, "disagree"=>6, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>6} Figures based on 17 responses up to 15-11-2018
Strongly Agree 76% Agree 24% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>76, "agree"=>24, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 17 responses up to 15-11-2018
Strongly Agree 76% Agree 12% Disagree 12% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>76, "agree"=>12, "disagree"=>12, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 17 responses up to 15-11-2018
Yes 88% No 12% {"yes"=>88, "no"=>12} Figures based on 17 responses up to 15-11-2018

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