Bardwell School

Name Bardwell School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 05 March 2014
Address Hendon Place, Sunderland Drive, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX26 4RZ
Phone Number 01869242182
Type Special
Age Range 2-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 75 (73% boys 27% girls)
Academy Sponsor The Gallery Trust
Local Authority Oxfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 24.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 16%
Persisitent Absence 28.6%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Most pupils who attend this school live in the local area. Some have longer journeys to school and a few travel to school from neighbouring local authorities. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs. The headteacher has been in the school for just over a year. There have been other changes to school leadership during that time. There are twice as many boys as girls at the school. The proportion of pupils who are entitled to receive the pupil premium, which provides support for those in the care of the local authority, those with families in the services or those who are known to be eligible for free school meals, is slightly above the national average. A growing number of pupils have an autistic spectrum condition. Only a very few come from homes where English is not the first language. Attendance is above average for special schools. Some younger pupils spend one afternoon each week at the neighbouring primary school. After- school clubs and activities are available for pupils.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Teaching has improved over time and is typically good. Teachers have high expectations that pupils will work hard and learn well. Effective teaching in the Early Years Foundation Stage means that very young children quickly develop good learning habits. Because teaching is better in all classes, pupils’ achievements have improved and they make good progress from their low starting points. Pupils enjoy their lessons and the other activities provided for them. Students in the sixth form make good progress and are well prepared for the next stages of their lives and learning. Teaching in the sixth form is sometimes outstanding. Pupils settle quickly in lessons and behave very well. They are good ambassadors for the school when out in the wider community. School leaders regularly monitor the quality of teaching. As a result, they know their school’s strengths and what they must do to improve those areas which are weaker. Governors are very knowledgeable about the school. They have ensured that all available resources are used effectively to raise standards. It is not yet an outstanding school because : In a few lessons, the contribution of teaching assistants is not so well organised as to ensure that pupils are always doing their very best. Recent improvements in curriculum planning have not yet led to pupils making equally strong progress in all subject areas.