Greenbank School

Name Greenbank School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 15 May 2013
Address Greenbank Lane, Hartford, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 1LD
Phone Number 01606288028
Type Special
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 105 (83% boys 17% girls)
Local Authority Cheshire West and Chester
Percentage Free School Meals 32.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2%
Persisitent Absence 15.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Greenbank School provides for students who have statements of special educational needs. The large majority of students have autism spectrum conditions and the proportion of these students has increased since the previous inspection. A smaller number of, mainly older, students have moderate learning difficulties or severe learning difficulties. Some students have combinations of special educational needs. The school provides for students from across Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East. The proportion of students eligible for additional funding through the pupil premium is below average. In this school pupil premium is additional government funding for those students who are entitled to free school meals or who are in the care of the local authority. The very large majority of students are boys. Almost all students are of White British heritage. The school offers residential provision for students during term time, ranging from occasional stays, some staying one or two nights per week and with only one student in residence for four nights a week on a regular basis. Greenbank School shares a campus with a number of other primary, secondary and special schools, a children’s centre and a further education college. The school uses alternative provision at Mid-Cheshire College, Reaseheath College and St Nicholas RC High School. There have been significant changes to the leadership of both the school and the residential provision since the previous inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Greenbank is a remarkably happy school where students feel exceptionally well cared for and supported in a calm and purposeful environment. Students’ achievement is outstanding and improving year on year. Students make rapid progress in all subjects and in their personal development, usually from low starting points. The quality of teaching is outstanding. The headteacher and his leadership team have very high expectations and a ‘go4it’ approach, which is shared by all staff. Teachers plan exceptionally well for the different groups of students but do not always make it clear what each student is expected to have achieved by the end of a lesson. Behaviour and safety are outstanding. Students are thoughtful and respectful of each other, staff and visitors. They develop excellent social and moral attitudes. Senior leaders and managers have settled into their new roles quickly. The headteacher has tightened the school’s procedures and systems, resulting in improvement in all aspects of the school’s work. The curriculum is exciting and provides memorable experiences. Senior leaders constantly review the curriculum to ensure it meets the needs and interests of the changing student population. The sixth form is outstanding and has continued to grow and develop since the previous inspection. There are increased opportunities for students to achieve external awards which match their ability and prepare them extremely well for their future lives. The school meets the national minimum standards for residential special schools. Provision and management of residential care are not judged to be outstanding because : recent changes in staff mean that a few care staff, including the head of care, have not yet obtained a qualification at an appropriate level. Staff who have worked at the school for a long time have not been subject to the current checks which would be considered best practice.