Foreland Fields School

Name Foreland Fields School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 19 June 2013
Address Newlands Lane, Ramsgate, Kent, CT12 6RH
Phone Number 01843863891
Type Special
Age Range 2-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 238 (71% boys 29% girls)
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 32.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 11.3%
Persisitent Absence 28.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.6%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The Foreland School provides for pupils with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties. Many pupils also have autistic spectrum disorder or medical or physical disabilities and/or sensory impairments. A growing proportion of pupils have complex learning difficulties. All pupils aged three to 19 have a statement of special educational needs. Pupils aged two and three have their needs assessed in the Nursery in order to inform the statutory assessment process. Approximately two thirds of the pupils are boys. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. A small number speak English as an additional language. Nearly one half of pupils are eligible for pupil premium funding, which is given to schools for pupils entitled to free school meals, those looked after by the local authority and those who are children of service families. This is a higher proportion than that found nationally. Some pupils attend one of three classes part time in Garlinge Primary School, Hartsdown Academy or East Kent College. These classes are taught by Foreland School staff. They also attend some mainstream classes with support. The Foreland Inclusion Service, known as ‘FISS’, additionally provides outreach support to local mainstream schools. The headteacher was appointed in September 2012 and two deputy headteachers were appointed in January 2013.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress from often very low starting points, especially in the development of their communication, reading and numeracy skills. Children make an excellent start in the Nursery and Reception classes because adults provide activities that are stimulating and fun. The sixth form is good. Teachers provide a good range of opportunities to prepare students for life after school. Teaching is good because teachers adapt lessons to meet the needs of many pupils with complex difficulties. Teaching assistants make an effective contribution to pupils’ achievement. Pupils are cared for very well. They feel safe and enjoy learning. Relationships in the school are excellent. Pupils enjoy coming to school and behave well. The curriculum includes a wide range of exciting activities which give pupils experiences in a variety of situations. The strong leadership of the headteacher, who is supported well by the deputy headteachers, is helping the school to improve rapidly. The governors know the school well. They challenge and support senior leaders in their drive for further improvements. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not enough outstanding teaching for all pupils to make the progress of which they are capable. In a few lessons, the pace is too slow. Occasionally, teachers do not use their assessments to plan in enough detail for individual pupils, or group pupils, in a way that helps them to work more independently.