Gesher School

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About Gesher School


Name Gesher School
Website http://www.gesherschool.com
Inspections
Ofsted Inspections
Co Headteacher Tamaryn Yartu & Nikeisha Webb-Hardy
Address Cannon Lane, Pinner, HA5 1JF
Phone Number 02078845102
Phase Independent (special)
Type Other independent special school
Age Range 4-16
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 49
Local Authority Harrow

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils are very happy attending this school. They enjoy an exciting curriculum designed to inspire them. Lessons, projects and therapies successfully develop pupils personally, socially and emotionally. Pupils said how much they enjoy attending lunchtime activities, including sports, drama and board games clubs. They also appreciate their time in the soft-play and sensory spaces.

Therapists, teachers and teaching assistants work together seamlessly as one team. They truly understand how to meet pupils’ varied special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). While staff are nurturing, they also have high expectations of all pupils. As a result, pupils work hard and learn well.

Pupils are safe and cared for. They know that their trusted adults will help them to overcome challenges when they arise. Pupils are confident to be themselves and are supportive of each other. They learn to share, take turns and communicate well. Bullying is well dealt with on the rare occasions it arises. Pupils’ attendance rates are excellent. Incidents of poor behaviour are rare.

Parents and carers are typically extremely positive about the school’s work. In the online survey, parents often commented that their children are thriving at Gesher. They described the school’s work as ‘in a different league’ and ‘life changing’.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Pupils receive an exceptional quality of provision. Leaders have designed an ambitious curriculum which is taught by the school’s expert staff. The curriculum is highly effective in meeting the needs of pupils with autism spectrum disorder and other SEND. Leaders ensure staff have high-quality training, which helps to ensure that the quality of education is consistently excellent.

The school offers all the subjects of the national curriculum, taught mostly through exciting projects. Pupils really enjoy the practical nature of their project-based learning. This includes drama performances, gardening, creating works of art, going on trips and fundraising. Subjects and projects are carefully thought through, based on the goals staff know pupils need to achieve. Teachers anticipate and help pupils to overcome any difficulties, and skilfully adapt learning when they need to. Using the school’s wide range of resources, they ensure teaching consistently helps pupils to learn well. Staff use assessment effectively. Teachers and therapists share their detailed knowledge of pupils regularly. This ensures teachers have a thorough understanding of how well each pupil is doing. They regularly review pupils’ targets, and adapt lessons, to ensure that pupils are continually building on their prior learning.

The teaching of English and mathematics, including through projects, is highly effective. Leaders make sure that teaching pupils to read and communicate is a priority. Pupils are enthusiastic about using the new library and listening to stories.Where they are able, pupils quickly learn to read fluently. Staff provide effective support to those who need additional help.

The school provides a highly effective programme of personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education. Pupils learn about differences in modern society, British values and equality. They enjoy earning badges as they progress through the life-skills curriculum. Pupils also access a well-chosen range of therapies, including drama, art, speech and language and occupational. Together, the curriculum and therapies encourage pupils’ independent living skills and emotional well-being very successfully. Pupils are also taught about age-appropriate relationships and sex education in line with requirements. Secondary-aged pupils receive impartial careers education and independent advice and guidance.

Leadership is exceptionally strong. Senior leaders are supported and challenged in equal measure by the school’s governing body. The proprietor body, governors and leaders work closely together and continuously innovate what they offer to pupils and their families. Staff feel valued. They said they are very well supported. They are enthusiastic about how well leaders consider their well-being and workload.

Leaders and governors and the proprietor body have ensured that all the independent school standards are met. They have implemented a suitable accessibility plan which complies with schedule 10 of the Equality Act 2010.

Safeguarding

The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders and staff work successfully to keep pupils as safe as possible. There are rigorous and consistent procedures in place to deal with concerns, incidents and allegations. Staff complete regular training to ensure they understand particular safeguarding risks to pupils. Pupils are repeatedly taught about how to keep themselves safe, including online.

The school’s safeguarding policy is written in line with the current national guidance and is published online. The staff recruitment process is rigorous. Checks on adults who work with pupils are completed in line with statutory requirements.


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