Abbeywood School


Name Abbeywood School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 04 June 2019
Address Rother Way, Hellaby Industrial Estate, Bramley, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S66 8QN
Phone Number 01709916900
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 10-18
Religious Character Unknown
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown

Information about this school

Abbeywood School is an independent special school which is part of the Witherslack Group. The school was first registered by the Department for Education in February 2019. This inspection was its first standard inspection. The school is registered to accept up to 50 pupils from the age of 10 to 18 years. Pupils are referred to the school from local authorities. The school currently has 10 pupils on roll aged between 10 and 14 years. All pupils have EHC plans. The school is situated on an industrial estate in Rotherham. The large site is contained within high metal fencing which is then contained within a further fenced-in area. The aims of the school are, ‘to provide a happy, secure and supportive environment where pupils are valued and can develop their confidence, self-esteem, independence, self-discipline, respect and concern for others and that achievement will be celebrated in all its forms’. Pupils attending the school have special educational needs and/or disabilities; for example, behavioural and emotional needs, learning difficulties and/or an autistic spectrum disorder diagnosis. Some have spent considerable lengths of time out of education. Pupils currently take part in physical education on the school premises. The school plans to access local leisure centre facilities for additional physical education activities. The school does not use any alternative education provision.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school In the short time the school has been open leaders have established a calm, supportive and welcoming school ethos. This enables pupils to settle quickly and consequently their personal development, and outcomes improve rapidly. Leaders, teachers, therapeutic staff and assistants have a deep understanding of each pupil’s needs. This informs all aspects of their work and is of great benefit to the pupils. Parents and carers comment that the school has transformed their children’s lives. They value the regular communication and support that the school provides. Pupils are courteous and well behaved. They attend regularly and have pride in their school and their appearance. Pupils’ attendance improves quickly after they join the school. Pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain, and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is fostered well. Safeguarding is particularly effective because : staff are well-trained and vigilant, and pupils feel supported and safe. The proprietor and leaders have ensured that the independent school standards are met. Staff teamwork is very strong. Teachers and assistants work closely together to ensure that pupils learn well. Assessment information shows that pupils make good progress from their starting points. Teachers are effective in meeting pupils’ identified needs. However, more opportunities are needed for pupils to improve their writing skills. Planning to meet the needs of each pupil is extensive but leaders have recognised that some streamlining of the process is needed to ensure that teachers can continue to plan their lessons well. Leaders have devised a relevant, broad and balanced curriculum with a thematic approach at key stage 3. However, it requires further development at key stage 4. Teachers value the opportunities that leaders provide for professional development. Leaders are aware of the need to further develop the staff’s knowledge and skills of how to work effectively with the wide range of special educational needs that the growing school population presents. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.