Cherry Garden School


Name Cherry Garden School
Website http://www.cherrygarden.southwark.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 04 June 2015
Address 41 Bellenden Road, London, SE15 5BB
Phone Number 02072374050
Type Special
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 61 (75% boys 25% girls)
Local Authority Southwark
Percentage Free School Meals 42%
Percentage English is Not First Language 41%
Persisitent Absence 36%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school provides for pupils with severe and complex learning difficulties. All the pupils have a statement of special educational needs. About a quarter of pupils are girls. A much higher than average proportion of pupils are eligible for pupil premium funding, granted for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after A much higher than average proportion of pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds, mainly Black African. A third of the pupils speak English as an additional language. Children in early years provision attend on a full-time basis. The headteacher was in post at the time of the previous inspection. The school operates an outreach service for local mainstream primary schools.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Teaching is consistently outstanding throughout the school. Teachers and other adults support the pupils exceptionally well in activities which are very carefully tailored to their learning needs and abilities. Adults continually check on the pupils’ understanding in lessons. Children receive a very high level of individual support. Adults ensure the pupils make the best progress that they can. There are very high expectations of each pupil’s achievement. Adults make excellent use of communication aids to remove barriers to pupils’ understanding. Adults know their pupils very well and skilfully adapt learning to ensure each pupil retains concentration and motivation. Teachers and other adults keep exemplary records of each small step in progress that the pupils make. As a result, they are able to plan very specific learning experiences for each child to promote their rapid progress. The pupils enjoy their learning because it is so well adapted to their individual needs and interests. All the pupils have an equal opportunity to achieve as well as they can. Pupils throughout the school, including in early years provision, make outstanding academic progress. Their progress is much more rapid than found in most similar schools and has improved consistently since the already high standards seen at the previous inspection. The pupils also make outstanding progress, throughout the school, including early years, in their communication, in development of early literacy and numeracy skills and in their personal development. Pupils are relaxed and happy learners. Their behaviour is excellent. It is exceptionally well managed by adults who ensure that relationships with staff and other pupils are warm and positive. The pupils feel safe and secure. Parents and carers confirm this. The pupils’ attendance is above average and high for the type of school. The experience and commitment of the headteacher have enabled her over many years to maintain the highest standards. She has managed the development of a very competent senior team. Governors have a detailed knowledge of the school’s work. They provide a high level of informed challenge to the school’s leaders in ensuring that standards continue to rise.