Delamere School

Name Delamere School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 20 June 2017
Address Irlam Road, Flixton, Manchester, M41 6AP
Phone Number 01617475893
Type Special
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 108 (75% boys 25% girls)
Local Authority Trafford
Percentage Free School Meals 32.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 19.6%
Persisitent Absence 17.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 11.8%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection:

Information about this school

The school provides for pupils who have profound and multiple learning difficulties, severe learning difficulties and autistic spectrum disorder. All the pupils have an education, health and care plan. There are twice as many boys as girls. There are eight children looked after. A fifth of the pupils are disadvantaged. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is low. A third of pupils come from minority ethnic groups. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Leaders and governors have created a bespoke education that is personalised to meet the academic, personal, and social needs of every pupil. All staff embrace the new mission statement ‘together we make a difference’. This reflects the overwhelmingly high expectations and positive attitudes that are part of the day-to-day life of the school. The headteacher demonstrates convincing leadership. She is proactive and determined to provide an outstanding education for pupils. A very effective deputy headteacher and middle leaders ably support the headteacher. Leaders and governors have an accurate understanding of the school’s strengths and areas for development. Leaders’ actions have a positive impact on pupils’ outcomes. Leaders are proud that the behaviour strategies employed are effective. They share this expertise with local mainstream schools and nurseries. Teaching, learning and assessment are outstanding. Staff know pupils well. The teachers use this knowledge to create stimulating learning environments that engage pupils to get the best out of their learning. Pupils make very strong progress from their below-typical starting points. Tailored assessments highlight the small steps pupils gain both academically and in their personal and social skills. Parental engagement is a strength of the school. The recent developments in online technology complement the already mutually valued relationships with parents. Early years provision is outstanding. Liaison with parents and other professionals ensures that children make very strong progress. Leaders have adapted provision to cater for the increasing number of most-able pupils in the early years and in key stage 1. Meeting the needs of these pupils remains a priority as these younger pupils move through the school.