Bridgeview Special School

Name Bridgeview Special School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 28 February 2019
Address Pickering Road, Kingston-upon-Hull, HU4 7AD
Phone Number 01482303300
Type Special
Age Range 5-12
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 44 (92% boys 8% girls)
Academy Sponsor Venn Academy Trust
Local Authority Kingston upon Hull, City of
Percentage Free School Meals 62.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Persisitent Absence 24%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is part of the Venn Academy Trust. The number of pupils at the school has increased since the last inspection. All pupils attending the school have an education, health and care plan, with the primary need being social, emotional and mental health. The proportion of pupils eligible for pupil premium funding is above average. A small proportion of the pupils are girls. Pupils are predominantly from a White British background. The majority of pupils live within the Kingston-upon-Hull local authority area. However, a small proportion of pupils travel from the surrounding local authority areas to attend Bridgeview Special School. The school offers pupils a range of activities, such as swimming and horse riding, which take place off site. They also host Venn Café, where pupils cook and serve food to members of the school, parents and visitors.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Outstanding leadership has led to rapid improvements in all areas of the school since the last inspection. Leaders’ exceptionally high expectations of staff and pupils are the driving force behind the achievements of pupils across the school. Highly effective and passionate leaders, from in school and the trust, work well together to ensure that pupils in this school make very strong progress from their varied starting points. Pupils have excellent attitudes to learning. They are very well prepared for their next steps in both education and life. Pupils are consistently challenged to apply their social and communication skills in real-life situations, for example when working in the Venn Café. Pupils often join the school with very low starting points. They make positive progress in both writing and mathematics and across the wider curriculum. Reading is a strength of the school. Pupils read widely and fluently and have many opportunities to read. Pupils make rapid and sustained progress from their starting points, often reaching standards above those expected for their age. Leaders’ regular monitoring of the quality of teaching, learning and assessment has resulted in clear improvements in teachers’ skills and pupils’ achievements since the last inspection. Governors bring a wide range of skills to the school and are clear about their responsibilities. They focus on checking that education is of the highest quality and that leaders are effectively held to account for their work. Links with other schools in the trust enable leaders to check the accuracy of their judgements and share good practice. Staff value their training with colleagues from other settings, which improves their practice. Pupils are very well cared for and they feel safe in the school. Adults expertly model the school’s values of respect and tolerance. This, along with highly effective spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, ensures that pupils’ personal development is outstanding. Pupils enjoy school and demonstrate this through high levels of attendance. Leaders work tirelessly to support the small numbers of persistently absent pupils to return to school.