|Name||Alt Bridge School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||10 September 2013|
|Address||Wellcroft Road, Huyton, Liverpool, Merseyside, L36 7TA|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||146 (71% boys 29% girls)|
|Percentage Free School Meals||46.6%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||0%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||0%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||No|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
This is a school for students with complex learning difficulties. All have a statement of special educational needs. The main groups of students are those with moderate learning difficulties, autistic spectrum conditions and those with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Many students have additional difficulties. Well over three-quarters of students are known to be eligible for free school meals. A small number of students are looked after children. All of these students attract additional government funding, known as the pupil premium. Nearly all students are White British. There are many more boys than girls. Since the last inspection the school has worked in partnership with the existing Greenbank College to enable students to be retained in the school beyond the age of 16. This provision has been operating for a year. There were nine students in the first cohort and they have been joined this year by another eight.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. Truly inspirational leadership, management and governance and the strong determination of staff to improve their practice have moved teaching and learning on from good at the time of the last inspection, to that which is now outstanding. All groups of students are achieving exceptionally well; last year nearly a half made the progress expected of students in mainstream schools, albeit from much lower starting points. Provision for physical education and sport is stunning. All students participate, teaching is outstanding and the curriculum includes a wonderful range of outdoor and adventure activities. Pupils feel extremely safe and well looked after; they work and play with enthusiasm, their attitudes to learning are excellent, and their behaviour is nearly always good. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of students is exceptional; this helps to create a wonderful atmosphere of calm, fulfilment and enjoyment across the school day. Outstanding teaching is characterised by teachers making every effort to include and engage all students, whatever their ability or type of need. Computers and other forms of technology are expertly used to help promote learning. Teaching assistants are highly skilled and effective. Governors are highly supportive and very effective in holding senior staff to account, checking on the progress and the safety of students and managing finances with great expertise. The school offers extensive and much appreciated support to other providers within the borough; staff are acutely aware of the fact that students’ lives are very complicated and they do everything they can to make sure that all are well cared for and supported around the clock and not just in school. The post-16 provision is proving popular and effective; all who joined last year remain and speak with enthusiasm about how it is helping them.