Willows Centre for Children

Primary
Special school
Battenburg Avenue
North End
Portsmouth
PO2 0SN
02392666918

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Pupils
63
Ages
2 - 7
Gender
Mixed
Type
Community special school
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.06
Ofsted Report
(19/4/18)
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100%
NATIONAL AVG. 92%
Happiness Rating
5.2:1
NATIONAL AVG. 20.7:1
Pupil/Teacher ratio
18%
NATIONAL AVG. 21.2%
Pupils first language
not English
26.9%
NATIONAL AVG. 23%
Free school meals
65%
NATIONAL AVG. 12%
Pupils with SEN support

School Description

All the children on roll at The Willows have been referred by the local authority because they have been identified with special educational needs; many of the children have complex needs. Most of the children referred have speech, language and communication difficulties. The proportion of children with a statement of special educational needs or who are currently going through the statementing process represents nearly half the children. Children are from a number of different ethnic backgrounds but the majority are of White British heritage. About a quarter of the children speak English as an additional language and some of these speak little or no English when they start at the nursery. No children are supported by the extra pupil premium funding because children of this age do not receive it. The school provides additional ‘wrap around’ care both before and after school during term time and during school holidays, which is run by the governing body so falls within this inspection. The linked day-care provision run by the governing body and sharing the site with the school is inspected separately. Children at the nursery may at times learn alongside children accessing day care who may not have special educational needs, particularly when learning in the outdoor area.

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