Freemantles School


Name Freemantles School
Website http://www.freemantles.surrey.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 02 November 2016
Address Smarts Heath Road, Mayford Green, Woking, Surrey, GU22 0AN
Phone Number 01483545680
Type Special
Age Range 4-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 185 (81% boys 19% girls)
Local Authority Surrey
Percentage Free School Meals 16.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 17.8%
Persisitent Absence 16.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Freemantles School caters for children and young people with complex social and communication needs. Many of the pupils also have autism. All have an education, health and care plan. The school caters for children and young people in the age range four to 19. There are currently 141 on the school roll. Numbers in each year group are small, typically nine in each year group. A lower than average number of pupils come from minority ethnic groups. A very small number of pupils are from disadvantaged backgrounds. The school uses no alternative provision at this time. The school provides specialist outreach support to other local schools in partnership with the local authority. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Senior leaders and governors have ensured that the school continues to improve. Their relentless drive for excellence ensures outstanding outcomes for the large majority of pupils. The headteacher has high expectations of himself and all staff. A strong sense of accountability pervades the school. Leaders at all levels are clear about their responsibilities. They know they are expected to lead and are enthusiastic about doing so. Staff have a highly developed sense of the needs of individual pupils. Consequently, teaching is of a very high quality, providing pupils with constant opportunities to succeed. Governors are extremely effective in their roles. Their partnership with school leaders is strategic in nature, but enables them to access and understand the daily life of the school. Procedures and day-to-day measures to keep pupils safe are robust. The caring culture of the school ensures that the well-being of pupils is the top priority. Support staff, including non-teaching staff, are highly skilled and dedicated. They provide pupils, who all have very complex needs, with a remarkable degree of care and support. Very clearly stated aims underpin the school’s ethos. Leaders’ priorities are the right ones. Because of this, pupils make exceptional progress, both socially and academically. The school’s environment provides pupils with outstanding spaces to learn. Resources, including those outside the classroom, are very high quality and used to great effect. Pupils’ attitudes to learning are very positive due to the quality of guidance, support and challenge they receive from all staff. Pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds do as well as other pupils, because leaders ensure that their wider needs are well catered for. Pupils behave remarkably well most of the time. Staff are skilled at ensuring that pupils’ anxieties are kept at low levels, meaning disruptions to learning are minimised. The quality of provision is equally effective across all phases of the school. Early years and sixth form provision are strong. Pupils attend well. Absence rates are very low, especially when the context of the school is taken into account.