Bensham Manor School

Name Bensham Manor School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Ecclesbourne Road, Thornton Heath, CR7 7BN
Phone Number 02086840116
Type Special
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 221 (70.1% boys 29.9% girls)
Local Authority Croydon
Percentage Free School Meals 45.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 20.1%
Persisitent Absence 15.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 0.4%
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (19 March 2013)
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Information about this school

Bensham Manor is a larger than average special school which caters for students with a range of disabilities and special educational needs. All of the students have a statement of special educational needs. About 40% of the students have moderate learning difficulties and a similar, and increasing, proportion is on the autistic spectrum. The proportion of students eligible to be supported through the pupil premium (additional government funding for students known to be eligible for free school meals, children who are looked after by the local authority and the children of service families) is above average. There are no students from service families in the school. The students come from a range of ethnic backgrounds, reflecting the make up of the borough. About half are of White British heritage and about one fifth is from Black Caribbean or African heritages. Some students spend time in local mainstream colleges to follow vocational courses.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The passionate leadership of the headteacher is driving rapid improvement in both learning and personal development. Achievement is good for all groups including those on the autistic spectrum. Teaching is good and some of it is outstanding. Teachers plan their lessons well and, through a wide range of activities, help students to achieve well. Students make good progress in developing skills in literacy, numeracy and life skills. Teachers and support staff help students to develop communication and social skills that help them become more independent. Teaching in the sixth form is good and prepares the students well for life beyond the school. Behaviour in the school is outstanding. Staff have a caring and supportive approach that enables students to feel safe, learn social skills and develop self-confidence. Students enjoy coming to school. They take pride in their school and behave exceptionally well in lessons. Students who come to the school with difficulties in behaviour make excellent progress in improving it. The governing body is well informed about what the school does and provides effective challenge and support to school leaders. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Some subject leaders do not use information about students’ achievements to full advantage to show how well students are doing in comparison with the national picture in order to improve teaching. Information and communication technology (ICT) is not always used sufficiently well across the curriculum to help students to learn independently. In a few lessons teachers do not make best use of information gained from assessing students’ progress to plan the next steps of learning.