|Name||Cherry Oak School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||19 November 2014|
|Address||60 Frederick Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham, West Midlands, B29 6PB|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||112 (75% boys 25% girls)|
|Percentage Free School Meals||36.6%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||29.5%|
Information about this school
Cherry Oak School caters for pupils with severe cognitive learning difficulties, speech and language difficulties and autistic spectrum disorders. The executive headteacher is the headteacher of Cherry Oak School and its federated partner Victoria Special School. There is a head of school and both schools share the same governing body. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs for severe learning difficulties, including speech and language difficulties and/or autistic spectrum disorders. Over half the pupils in the school are supported by the pupil premium, special government funding, which is well above average compared with national figures. This additional funding supports pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals or are in the care of the local authority. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is well above average, being approximately half the population of the school. One pupil in every four speaks English as an additional language. The school has a larger than average number of pupils who enter and leave the school at times other than those normally expected. The Early Years Foundation Stage provision consists of a mixed Nursery and Reception group and all children attend full time.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. Cherry Oak School is a rapidly improving school, which provides an excellent education for its pupils. Pupils’ achievement across all subjects is outstanding due to the rapid progress they make. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage settle into the school very quickly and make outstanding progress from their starting points. The executive headteacher has created a dynamic and forward-looking leadership team. This has resulted in rapid improvements in all areas of the school since the previous inspection. All staff want their pupils to achieve the very best that they can and have very high expectations of them. Teaching is outstanding due to careful planning, accurate assessment of pupil progress and high levels of challenge for all pupils. The school provides excellent opportunities to enrich the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. This, in turn, results in the pupils’ acceptance and celebration of the similarities and differences between them. Behaviour is outstanding and all pupils are very keen to learn and achieve success. Pupils’ relationships, both with each other and adults, are excellent. Pupils, parents and staff rightly feel that behaviour is exemplary. Pupils feel extremely safe in school and stated they could talk to staff if they have a problem. The procedures all staff follow to ensure pupils’ safety are outstanding. Parents are very positive about the safety of their children. Leadership and management at all levels are excellent. All the staff work as one team, with clear lines of responsibility, linked to strong accountability. The leadership and management of teaching are outstanding and have brought about the high quality teaching across the whole school. Provision for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage is outstanding. Governors know the school very well because they visit often and meet regularly to look at school data and discuss performance. They challenge the senior leadership team very effectively, as well as providing exceptionally good support and strategic leadership.