|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||20 February 2013|
|Address||Cambridge Road, Linton, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4NN|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||142 (70% boys 30% girls)|
|Percentage Free School Meals||29.1%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||14.6%|
|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.