Fiveways Special School

Name Fiveways Special School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 08 July 2014
Address Victoria Road, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21 5AZ
Phone Number 01935476227
Type Special
Age Range 4-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 77 (67% boys 33% girls)
Local Authority Somerset
Percentage Free School Meals 38.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 9.1%
Persisitent Absence 37.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Fiveways Special School is a small school. The majority of pupils are of White British Heritage and speak English as their first language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which is additional funding for children in the care of the local authority and pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, is just above average. All of the pupils have a statement of special educational needs. The majority of pupils have severe learning difficulties or profound and multiple learning difficulties. No pupils attend an off-site provision. Some pupils are also registered with local mainstream schools. The school is expanding in September 2014 to accommodate an additional 10 pupils with complex difficulties.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. The headteacher, governing body and school leaders have extremely high ambitions for the children in their care. They have a strategic vision for the school and work closely together in their relentless drive to offer the highest quality of education. As a result of leaders’ high expectations, pupils across the school, often from very low starting points, make exceptionally good progress. Senior leaders, teachers and teaching assistants constantly check the pupils’ progress; small steps in learning are shared with parents and carers each day. Teachers and teaching assistants have a detailed understanding of the often complex needs of every child. They plan imaginative lessons that encourage all pupils to become actively involved. Speech, language and communication development is given a high priority throughout the school and is included in all activities. Consequently, pupils make extremely good progress in this area. The sixth form is outstanding. It provides a nurturing environment that encourages young people to become more independent and effectively prepares many of them for college. Pupils’ behaviour, both in lessons and around the school, is outstanding and pupils say they feel safe. Staff and pupils treat each other with the utmost respect and are extremely proud of their school community. The school offers a wide range of learning opportunities and as a result, pupils love coming to school. Pupils are enthusiastic about their learning and are very keen to share their experiences. Teaching in the Early Years Foundation Stage is outstanding. From very low starting points children make outstanding progress over time.