Brentwood School


Name Brentwood School
Website https://www.brentwoodschoolandcollege.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 26 June 2019
Address Cherry Lane, Sale, M33 4GY
Phone Number 01619052371
Type Special
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 113 (68% boys 32% girls)
Local Authority Trafford
Percentage Free School Meals 28.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 12.4%
Persisitent Absence 20.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 1.8%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection:

Information about this school

Since the last full inspection, the school has moved to its current site. The school is co-located with Brentwood College, a specialist SEN provision for 19- to 25-year-olds. All pupils have an education, health and care (EHC) plan. Pupils’ special educational needs vary and include autism spectrum disorder, speech and language difficulties and profound and multiple learning difficulties. The school does not use any alternative provision. Most pupils are of White British heritage. Boys considerably outnumber girls. A third of pupils are eligible for free school meals.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school This is an exceptional school where pupils and students are thriving. Independence and skills for life underpin every aspect of the school. Pupils love their school, and love the wide range of experiences they have and are happy, motivated learners. Teaching is outstanding because teachers and support staff know the unique individual needs of each pupil and student. They plan meticulously so that everyone is challenged to reach their potential. Small steps of progress are captured, which show that pupils and students are making outstanding progress over time. The curriculum is ambitious and creative. Leaders have a clear rationale that enables pupils and students to develop the skills they need to be independent, happy and productive members of the community. The curriculum will be further strengthened through the imaginative expansion of the outdoor learning environment. Parents and carers are overwhelmingly pleased with the education their children receive at the school. One comment summed up the voice of many: ‘Brentwood School is a lovely, welcoming friendly school where my child has flourished.’ The headteacher, governors and leaders at all levels are ambitious in their vision and direction for the school. They have created a climate of continuous improvement where everyone strives for excellence. Staff are overwhelmingly happy and appreciate the support and guidance they receive from leaders. Students in the sixth form are prepared well for their next steps in life. They undertake work experience that develops their communication, confidence and independence. All students make substantial progress and some achieve nationally recognised qualifications. Governors are a strength of the school. They know the school well as they visit often, work with leaders and speak to pupils and staff. Governors have a clear vision shared by leaders. They are continuously striving for further improvements so that all pupils receive the best possible education. This is an inclusive school where every member is respected and valued. Pupils, staff and parents talk about being part of the Brentwood School family. Older pupils buddy up with younger pupils. Most-able pupils help the less able. Staff work together to improve their practice. There is a strong culture of equality and support where everyone works together as a team to be the best they can be.