Cliffdale Primary Academy


Name Cliffdale Primary Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 17 November 2016
Address Battenburg Avenue, North End, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO2 0SN
Phone Number 02392662601
Type Academy (special)
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 117 (75% boys 25% girls)
Academy Sponsor Solent Academies Trust
Local Authority Portsmouth
Percentage Free School Meals 40%
Percentage English is Not First Language 20.5%
Persisitent Absence 9.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection:

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school complies with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish. Cliffdale Primary School converted to become an academy in December 2013. When its predecessor school, Cliffdale Primary School, was last inspected by Ofsted it was judged to be good overall. Cliffdale was sponsored by Mary Rose Academy. Both schools formed the Solent Academies Trust. Redwood Park School is about to join the trust. All schools in the trust are led by the same executive headteacher, who is a national leader of education. Pupils who attend this school have complex learning difficulties. Many have autism spectrum disorders. All pupils are supported by a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan. The school is organised into 13 classes, five of which are specialist classes for pupils who require very high levels of support. Class sizes are small, ranging from five to 12 pupils. Pupils enter the school at different times throughout the school year and into all year groups. The trust provides an outreach service offering special educational needs support to mainstream schools in Portsmouth. The school works with a range of different agencies, including speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and educational psychologists. Around half of the pupils are eligible for pupil premium funding. The school does not have any provision for two-year-olds.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The executive headteacher and her dedicated team of senior leaders have worked tirelessly to improve the school so that it provides an outstanding quality of education. The school is a happy and calm place of learning. Pupils’ personal development is excellent because leaders and staff work very effectively together. Staff give pupils the self-confidence to try new things and achieve success. Parents are delighted with the school. They value the excellent support that the school provides to them and their families. Pupils say that they feel safe and secure. They behave extremely well and have exemplary attitudes towards their learning. Relationships between staff and pupils are exceptionally strong. Pupils make excellent progress in reading, writing, mathematics and science, often from low starting points. All groups of pupils perform exceptionally well. This is because of outstanding teaching and assessment. Learning is tailored closely to pupils’ needs. Pupils are very well prepared for their next stage of education. Provision in the early years is outstanding. Children have an excellent start to their learning because staff make sure that they are provided with the right activities. Children quickly settle into school life because they feel secure. They are well prepared for their learning in Year 1. The school’s creative curriculum is outstanding. This contributes to pupils’ excellent spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. No opportunity is lost to ensure that pupils make excellent progress in a range of different subjects including art, pottery, sport and music. Those responsible for governance provide strong support. They have very high aspirations for the school. They regularly challenge leaders to ensure that the quality of teaching and pupils’ rates of progress remain outstanding. The school has strong links with a range of agencies that provide therapies. These have a positive impact on pupils’ personal development. Safeguarding arrangements are very thorough. Staff are well aware of the procedures to follow. Pupils are exceptionally well looked after.