Brimble Hill Special School

Name Brimble Hill Special 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 28 November 2012
Address Tadpole Lane, Redhouse, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN25 2NB
Phone Number 01793493900
Type Special
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 93 (73% boys 27% girls)
Academy Sponsor Brunel Sen Multi Academy Trust
Local Authority Swindon
Percentage Free School Meals 37%
Percentage English is Not First Language 30.1%
Persisitent Absence 32.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Brimble Hill School is a primary-aged special school for pupils with severe and complex learning needs. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs. The accommodation is modern and purpose built. An increasing number of pupils have autistic spectrum disorders. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is roughly the same as that found in most schools. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is broadly average. The school has achieved the Artsmark Gold award for its work in creative subjects such as music and art. No alternative provision is used by the school, although the school has links with another mainstream primary school on the campus.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The school has made significant improvements since the last inspection. Pupils make better than expected progress, usually from very low starting points, because : they receive good teaching which is lively, captures their attention and makes their learning interesting. The school provides outstanding opportunities for pupils to attend mainstream classes and for pupils from the nearby primary school to attend the special school. Pupils are provided with a wide and interesting range of physical education opportunities that all pupils can take part in regardless of disability. The leadership and management, including governance, of the school are good. The headteacher has made good use of external support and advice to provide impetus and rigour, which have been valuable in making good improvements to the work of the school. The performance of teachers is carefully tracked, with good suggestions made as to how teaching can improve. The behaviour and safety of pupils are outstanding. They try hard and their enjoyment of learning is evident. Good teaching is supported by a well adapted and rich range of subjects and opportunities that pupils can experience. It is not yet an outstanding school because : In lessons, signing is not always used consistently enough and it is not always made clear to pupils what they are expected to learn in lessons. Teachers do not have enough opportunities to observe other outstanding teaching or have a clear view of what outstanding teaching looks like at the school.