Granta School

Name Granta School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 20 February 2013
Address Cambridge Road, Linton, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4NN
Phone Number 01223896890
Type Special
Age Range 2-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 142 (70% boys 30% girls)
Local Authority Cambridgeshire
Percentage Free School Meals 29.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 14.6%
Persisitent Absence 22.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This special school caters for pupils from across Cambridgeshire and a small number from other local authorities. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils from other ethnic backgrounds and the proportion who speak English as an additional language are below average. Pupils have a range of complex difficulties and educational needs. Many pupils have profound and multiple learning needs. Some pupils are on the autistic spectrum and some have emotional and behavioural difficulties, including some who are prone to violent outbursts. Some pupils, because of their illnesses, are likely to have a limited lifespan. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs. The proportion of pupils supported by additional government funding through the pupil premium, which includes those known to be eligible for free school meals, is well above average. The proportion of pupils who join or leave the school part of the way through their education is much higher than is found in the majority of schools.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage make outstanding progress. The progress of pupils and students in other parts of the school is good. The sixth form is good and students achieve well. Pupils gain the essential basic skills of communication and numeracy well. Their personal and social development is outstanding. Teaching is good. Pupils benefit greatly from work that is usually precisely matched to their particular learning needs. Behaviour and safety are outstanding. Pupils strive to do their best. They are rightly proud of their school and of their achievements. Leadership and management are good. The headteacher, senior leaders and the governing body work effectively to bring about improvements; including, since the previous inspection, improvements to the quality of teaching and to pupils’ progress. It is not yet an outstanding school because : In a minority of lessons, the pace of learning slows. This happens when teachers do not give enough thought to ensuring the work set is exactly right for the pupils. Some teachers do not give pupils enough information about how to improve their work. Not all teachers and teaching assistants are up to speed in using assessment information to guide their planning of pupils’ learning.