Furrowfield School

Name Furrowfield School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 17 April 2013
Address Whitehill Drive, Felling, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE10 9RZ
Phone Number 01914954700
Type Special
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 69 (82% boys 18% girls)
Local Authority Gateshead
Percentage Free School Meals 47.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Persisitent Absence 41.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Furrowfield is a day and residential school for students aged between 11 and 16 years. The school caters for students with emotional, social and behavioural difficulties and many have been identified as having additional learning difficulties, such as communication disorders and attention deficit disorders. All students have a statement of special educational needs. Currently, 12 students are accommodated in the boarding facility for either four or two nights each week during term time. There are 12 students who are looked after by the local authority. Students occasionally have dual registration with other educational establishments because of the assessment procedures undertaken by the school on behalf of the local authority. The proportion of students known to be eligible for pupil premium funding is well above average. (The pupil premium is additional government funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children from armed service families and those children that are looked after by the local authority). The majority of students are of White British heritage. Since the last inspection, a new headteacher has been appointed.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The vast majority of students in both key stages make good progress from their individual starting points. In mathematics and science, some students make outstanding progress. Behaviour and safety are good. Students say they feel safe. They also say there is always someone to talk to about any problems they might have and that staff are ‘canny’. Parents are pleased with what the school provides for their children and how well they are learning. Teaching is good and some is outstanding. Leaders are working to ensure there is only top quality teaching through additional training for staff at every level across the school. The new headteacher knows the strengths and areas for development within the school well. This is because his role as deputy headteacher gave him time to fully analyse what worked well and what needed improving. There is a united, positive attitude and visible drive by the senior leaders and the governing body to make learning and progress for the students the best it can possibly be. There is outstanding capacity for this school to improve even more. It is not yet an outstanding school because : A small number of students are persistently absent. Currently, some students do not achieve as well in English as they do in mathematics and science.