Forest Park School

Name Forest Park School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 05 March 2014
Address Ringwood Road, Totton, Southampton, Hampshire, SO40 8DZ
Phone Number 02380864949
Type Special
Age Range 2-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 123 (65% boys 35% girls)
Local Authority Hampshire
Percentage Free School Meals 25.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.1%
Persisitent Absence 18.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 1.6%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school caters for pupils with moderate, severe or profound learning difficulties. About half have additional needs, including visual impairment, hearing impairment, and those with a diagnosis of autism, and a very few with severe and challenging behaviour associated with their autism. Pupils come from across south Hampshire, with a few from adjacent authorities. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs for their learning difficulties. Most pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is below average, with few speaking English as an additional language. There are more than twice as many boys as girls. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives additional funding provided by the government in this school, who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those looked after by the local authority, is average. A very few pupils are eligible for the Year 7 catch-up funding. The school has a sixth form catering for nine students. These students undertake extended learning opportunities at Totton College. There is no training at places away from school. All students study the Award Scheme Development Accreditation Network (ASDAN), but no students are entered early for their examinations

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Pupils achieve well during their time at Forest Park. Achievement in English, mathematics, science and personal development is good. Excellent provision in the sixth form results in pupils making outstanding progress in their work-related qualifications, preparing them well for their futures. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage make good progress in their learning. Teaching is good, with some that is outstanding. When teaching is most effective pupils make rapid and sustained progress because of high levels of challenge. The teaching of pupils’ speaking and reading is good. Pupils behave well in and around the school. Effective support for pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties ensures that their individual needs are well met. Pupils feel safe at school. Older pupils know how to keep themselves safe online. Parents are pleased with the school. The vast majority say that their children make good progress and enjoy attending school. Improvement in the range of topics and subjects promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well. This is enriched through after-school clubs and visits. The headteacher is ambitious for the future of the school. Along with other leaders and governors, she has improved the achievement of pupils by setting challenging targets for teachers. Effective training and monitoring have helped to improve the quality of teaching. The governing body has a wide range of good skills and uses these to manage the budget well and to form an accurate view of the school’s work. Governors ensure that eligible pupils benefit from additional funding. It is not yet an outstanding school because: The management of teaching assistants is not always effective to ensure that they provide the necessary support to help all pupils achieve their best. Planned tasks to meet the abilities and needs of the most able pupils are not evident in all lessons. This limits the amount of progress these pupils make.