Foxfield School


Name Foxfield School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 31 October 2012
Address New Hey Road, Woodchurch, Merseyside, CH49 5LF
Phone Number 01516418810
Type Special
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Wirral
Percentage Free School Meals 44.6%

Information about this school

Foxfield admits students with a wide range of special educational needs with the majority experiencing severe learning difficulties. For some, their needs are profound and most have multiple barriers to learning including physical difficulties, autism and behavioural difficulties. Most students join the school at the beginning of their secondary education and continue to beyond the statutory school leaving age, but they can enrol at any time from 11 to 19. Almost half are known to be eligible for the pupil premium and this is very high compared to most schools nationally. There are slightly more boys than girls and the great majority come from White British backgrounds. All have a statement of special educational needs. Since the last inspection changes have been made to the middle management team. The governing body is at the very early stages of discussing with the Department for Education a possible relocation to new premises. Foxfield gained the Sports Mark and renewed its Investors in People status in 2010, the Arts Mark (Gold) in 2011 and an Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network (ASDAN) award in 2012. The school helped the local authority gain the Award for Business Excellence in 2011.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. All students start here with levels of ability much lower than most of those in mainstream schools. From these very low starting points the great majority make progress that is good or better in all areas of the school. Good progress continues throughout their time at the school because the quality of teaching is good. Teachers produce lessons that are interesting and well matched to students’ needs. The adults skilfully communicate with the students who cannot speak and listen easily. This helps their progress in literacy and reading to be faster than expected nationally. Students’ behaviour is good and improving rapidly. The management of behaviour by staff is getting better because of the excellent work of the behaviour management team. Students enjoy school and they feel very safe. The sixth form is good, and the wide range of courses and experiences for students aged 14 to 19 is outstanding. They gain qualifications and certificates from their studies. By the time they leave, students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding and they are very well prepared for moving on after school. The contribution of senior leaders and managers has greatly improved the school since the last inspection and is now good. Consequently, the quality of teaching and students’ achievement has also improved and is almost always at least good and sometimes outstanding. The work of middle managers has also become much more effective; some features of their work are outstanding. The governing body provides effective support. Its members know what is going on in the school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : A very few lessons require improvement. This is the case when teachers do not give students enough to do or when students have to share too many activities and, as a result, waste time waiting to take turns. The plans for improving the school and the teachers’ planning of lessons do not make it clear enough what students will learn and how their achievements will improve.