Beaufort School

Name Beaufort School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Stechford Road, Hodge Hill, Birmingham, B34 6BJ
Phone Number 01216758500
Type Special
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 83 (60.2% boys 39.8% girls)
Local Authority Birmingham
Percentage Free School Meals 44.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 43.4%
Persisitent Absence 33.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (06 December 2012)
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Information about this school

Beaufort School is a special school for pupils with severe and complex learning needs. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs. An increasing number of pupils have complex learning needs, including pupils who are on the autistic spectrum disorder, sensory impairments and medical needs. The majority of pupils are from Pakistan. Other pupils come from a mix of other ethnic groups. The proportion of pupils eligible for additional funding known as the pupil premium, is above average. The accommodation is modern and purpose built. The school is co-located with a mainstream primary school. The school federated with a partner primary-aged special school with one executive headteacher and governing body for both schools. These arrangements commenced in September 2012 The school has gained various awards including Artsmark Gold, Sing Up silver award, and an award for information and communication technology.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. The school has raised its game in all areas since the last inspection, as senior leaders have firmly and persistently focused on improving teaching and raising pupils’ achievements. Pupils make outstanding progress, from very low starting points. They make exceptional gains in their communication skills and pupils with the most profound learning difficulties respond well to the vibrant and stimulating experiences offered to them. Teaching and learning are outstanding and have improved significantly over the last twelve months. An excellent feature of teaching is the way signing, symbols and technology are used with pupils to help their understanding and communication. Pupils have outstanding opportunities to mix and socialise with other children on the mainstream campus. The behaviour and safety of pupils are outstanding. Their independence is encouraged superbly. Pupils find their way confidently around a busy school with minimal fuss. The leadership and management of the school, including governance, are outstanding. The new arrangements for a federated governing body with another special school are working well and have expanded the management capacity of the school. They give the benefit of sharing expertise and staff with the partner school. The school provides a warm, positive learning environment, with high expectations, where pupils flourish and the subjects and experiences offered to pupils are both lively and well matched to their needs and abilities.