Frank Wise School


Name Frank Wise School
Website http://www.frankwise.oxon.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 04 March 2015
Address Hornbeam Close, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 9RL
Phone Number 01295263520
Type Special
Age Range 2-19
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 120 (70% boys 30% girls)
Local Authority Oxfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 35.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 13.3%

Information about this school

All pupils have a statement of special educational needs or are being assessed. The local authority is beginning its phased process of transferring from statements of special educational needs to Education, Health and Care Plans and a few pupils are being assessed under these new arrangements. Children start school full time in the assessment Nursery from the age of two, although some start in older class groups. The school classes are grouped largely according to age so that pupils with different levels of learning difficulty are educated together. The school was designated a specialist school in cognition and learning in 2007. Two thirds of the pupils are boys. Most pupils are White British, the proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds being a little lower than seen nationally. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is above average. Year 7 pupils receive literacy and numeracy catch-up funding. The school receives sports funding for primary-aged pupils. Some 3% of pupils are looked after by the local authority. The school uses no alternative providers. Each week pupils in each class group spend several hours in a mainstream school or have pupils from a mainstream school visit their group.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Parents recognise the ‘warm, welcoming feel’ to this school. Pupils, including those in the sixth form and early years, make outstanding progress. Their achievement is exceptional and they are very well prepared for the next stages of learning. Since the previous inspection, leaders and managers have continued to maintain and improve outstanding provision. They have extended the range of work experiences and opportunities for independent living. Teaching is outstanding. Relevant and engaging activities, developed from detailed programmes of study, are precisely focused on pupils’ levels of learning and interests. This ensures they are highly motivated. Early years provision is excellent. Children respond fully to high expectations and challenging interactions with staff. The sixth form is outstanding. Independence and self-management are strongly prioritised, improving students’ confidence and competence in many areas of learning. Behaviour is excellent. Pupils show courtesy and respect for others. Procedures to ensure safety are thorough and effective. Consequently, pupils feel very safe and parents are highly confident their children are well cared for. The leadership of the headteacher, who is fully supported by senior staff, is very effective. Staff at all levels constantly challenge themselves to improve. Governors have a thorough understanding of the school and steadfastly hold leaders to account. As a result, leaders, managers and governors ensure that the school, including teaching and achievement, continues to improve.