Fitzwaryn School

Name Fitzwaryn School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 15 October 2014
Address Denchworth Road, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 9ET
Phone Number 01235764504
Type Special
Age Range 3-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 106 (67% boys 33% girls)
Academy Sponsor The Propeller Academy Trust
Local Authority Oxfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 27.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.7%
Persisitent Absence 17.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Fitzwaryn School converted to become an academy school on 1st February 2013. When its predecessor school was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be outstanding. Fitzwaryn School along with its partners, Kingfisher School and Abingdon and Witney College, are known as ’The Propeller Academy Trust’. All three work closely together but have kept their original names. The school caters for pupils who are supported by a statement of special educational needs for their moderate, severe and/or complex needs. About a third of pupils have a diagnosis of autism and a few others have additional sensory or physical difficulties. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage. A very few are from African or Asian backgrounds and a small number speak English as an additional language. The school runs an outreach service to support other local schools. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is average. This is additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those children who are looked after. Additional primary school sports funding is provided for primary-aged pupils. Year 7 catch-up funding is provided for the few pupils in that year group. Off-site training for sixth form students for one-and-a-half days each week is provided by Abingdon and Witney College which is part of the Trust. The Early Years Foundation Stage is full time. Children in the Reception class share their education with older pupils in Years 1 and 2. The school has undergone a significant amount of rebuilding and refurbishment in the past few years. The school does not enter pupils early for examinations.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The headteacher and other leaders pursue excellence in all of their activities and are highly ambitious for the future of the school. Leaders have ensured pupils achieve outstandingly well due to high quality training and rigorous checks on teaching. Innovative systems to check pupils’ progress ensures that anyone who falls behind can quickly catch up. This ensures that a high proportion of pupils make better than expected progress in English and mathematics and in their personal development. The governing body has improved its skills and has an accurate view of the school’s work. Governors ensure that additional government funding enables eligible pupils to achieve at least as well as their peers and sometimes better. Parents are overwhelmingly pleased with the school. They are very happy about their children’s progress and the quality of support that they receive. Improvements to the range of subjects offered have ensured that these are exceptionally well matched to pupils’ abilities so that pupils are very enthusiastic by their learning. High quality spiritual, moral, social and cultural development ensures that pupils’ personal development is outstanding. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding in and around the school. They say they feel very safe at school. Teaching is outstanding. Very well-planned and often exciting tasks engage pupils in exciting learning. Pupils’ across the school achieve outstandingly well in English. Progress in communication is of a very high quality because of skilled use of signs and symbols. More-able pupils make excellent progress in reading and writing. Pupils’ progress in mathematics is outstanding. Planned tasks are practical and challenging so that all groups achieve extremely well. Children get off to a positive start in the Reception class. They settle well and make outstanding progress during their time there. The sixth form is outstanding. Students gain a wide range of qualifications and benefit from some excellent vocational opportunities.