Fosse Way School

Name Fosse Way School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 08 July 2014
Address Longfellow Road, Radstock, Bath, Somerset, BA3 3AL
Phone Number 01761412198
Type Academy (special)
Age Range 3-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 217 (70% boys 30% girls)
Academy Sponsor The Bath And Mendip Partnership Trust
Local Authority Bath and North East Somerset
Percentage Free School Meals 33.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.7%
Persisitent Absence 20.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school provides for pupils who have moderate or severe learning difficulties. In addition, very many have communication and language difficulties, including those with a diagnosis of autism. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs. The school is an academy special converter. It works in close collaboration with local schools. It forms one part of a Teaching School partnership with another school. The school links with Bath Royal United Hospital to provide employment opportunities for older students. There have been a number of recent changes to school leadership and management, including the appointment of a new Principal. Almost all pupils come from White British backgrounds. Just a very few pupils are from homes where English is not the first language. There are many more boys than girls at the school. A higher than average number of pupils receive the pupil premium, which is additional government funding made available for children who are looked after and those eligible for free school meals. All Year 7 pupils are supported by additional funding to improve their basic skills. Many pupils come from the school’s local authority, while the remainder have long journeys to school from neighbouring towns and cities. The school shares its site with a residential hostel which was not part of this inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. From their very low starting points, pupils make outstanding progress. Everyone leaves with appropriate qualifications, including some who gain GCSEs. Teaching is typically outstanding. Teachers know their pupils extremely well. They have high expectations that everyone will try their best. Pupils’ excellent behaviour in the school, and around the classrooms helps them to learn really well. They say that they feel very safe at school. Pupils are enthusiastic and show their love of learning. Their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is very well promoted. There is a relentless drive from leaders and managers to make the school even better. They ensure that all pupils have the very best opportunities to do as well as possible. Highly effective teaching in the sixth form means that older students are remarkably well prepared for the world of work or for further education at another setting. Pupils in the Early Years Foundation Stage settle in to school very quickly because so much thought is put into planning activities, which prepares them well for learning. Governors regularly check that everyone is working well. They ensure that all resources are used to the best possible effect.