Windlestone School

Special school
DL17 0HP
11 - 16
Community special school
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School Description

The school provides education for pupils who have SEMH needs identified as their main special educational need. All the pupils have statements of special educational need or education, health and care plans. The school runs a residential provision for up to 20 pupils for four nights a week during school term time. The school provides an extended school day, open to pupils for four nights a week until 6.30pm. The overwhelming majority of pupils are White British boys. A much higher than average proportion of pupils are disadvantaged and children looked after. The local authority commissions the school to run the Personalised Alternative Curriculum Centre (PACC). Currently the centre is based at two sites, one in Durham and one at Ferryhill. Recently, the local authority has confirmed that it intends to reduce the number of places at PACC from 40 to 20. As a result, at the time of the Inspection report: Windlestone School, 17–18 May 2017 Page 8 of 11 inspection, leaders and governors were consulting about a new staff structure for the centres, proposing to use only the Durham site. Pupils placed at PACC are in Year 10 or 11; all have education, health and care plans. They are all at risk of permanent exclusion from their home schools, including the local authority’s other special schools. Pupils remain on the roll of their home school. At the time of the inspection, nine pupils attending PACC were on Windlestone School’s roll. Pupils attending PACC have placements at alternative providers for two or three days a week. The providers are registered on Durham local authority’s alternative provider directory and are: Home on the Range, Misty Blue Farm, Pinnacle Training, Educ8, Open Arms Stables and EENE. The local authority also commissions the school to provide a small number of assessment placements for pupils who have SEMH needs, who are on the roll of mainstream schools and who are at risk of exclusion. The provision, ‘Stepping Stones’ is based at the main school site. The pupils remain on the roll of their home school until a decision is made about where their needs will be best met. Following assessment, most of the pupils transfer to Windlestone School. The school does not meet requirements on the publication on its website of information about the most recent key stage 4 results, the planned use and amount of the pupil premium grant, the Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up funding, all the details required in the special educational needs policy or SEN information report or an accessibility plan.

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Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

This information is provided as a guide only. The areas from which pupils are admitted to a school can change from year to year to reflect the number of siblings and pupils admitted under high priority admissions criteria.

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  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Contact (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

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