Greenvale School

Name Greenvale School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Waters Road, Catford, London, SE6 1UF
Phone Number 02084650740
Type Special
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 132 (61.4% boys 38.6% girls)
Local Authority Lewisham
Percentage Free School Meals 54%
Percentage English is Not First Language 32.5%
Persisitent Absence 29.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 0.8%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
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Information about this school

Greenvale is a special school for young people with severe learning difficulties and/or profound and multiple learning difficulties. Around a third of students are in the sixth form. Just under a half of all students have a diagnosis of autism, and one in five students has additional physical disabilities and complex medical conditions. Almost all students are admitted from maintained schools in the borough. All students have a statement of special educational needs. Almost two thirds of the students are boys. The proportion of students from minority ethnic heritages is above average. The proportion who are at the early stages of learning English as an additional language is also above average. Just over one in five students is of White British heritage. Just under half of students are eligible for additional government funding known as the pupil premium. This proportion is above average. The funding is used to support students who are eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after by the local authority. Around one in 10 students across the school is involved with the local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) as a result of their behavioural needs. Sixth form students attend off-site training at Community Lewisham Education to study arts, crafts and life skills.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The headteacher, supported by governors and other leaders, has taken action to ensure that all students make excellent progress and develop a love of learning. The overall quality of teaching is outstanding. High expectations in classrooms ensure there are no significant differences in the rates of progress for different groups of learners. Teachers’ planning is excellent and their use of information about students’ progress ensures activities are set at the correct level of difficulty. All groups of students make excellent progress. Throughout the school, reading, writing and mathematics are taught extremely well. The teaching of communication has been a focus of the school and is now a strength. As a result of effective training for staff, students’ skills in speaking and listening have improved. Teachers and support staff work extremely well together, so that students learn in a calm and friendly atmosphere. The school promotes students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development extremely well. Visits to interesting places help to develop their self-confidence and social skills in new situations. Most students enjoy attending school regularly. As a result, attendance has increased over the last three years and is higher than in special schools nationally. Governors know the school extremely well and care deeply about how well students are doing. They visit the school regularly and have an excellent understanding of its performance. They are confident in holding leaders to account to ensure students achieve their potential. Students’ behaviour is excellent. Students feel safe and are polite and helpful, both in lessons and around the school. This has a strong and positive impact on their learning. Students and parents are given regular training on how students can stay safe when using the internet and their mobile phones. The sixth form is outstanding. Students achieve extremely well because they follow interesting courses and are given excellent support that prepares them well for the next stage of their lives. The excellent range of subjects and activities on offer provides students with a wealth of opportunities that promote British values. Personal development lessons promote tolerance and respect for the views of others. This prepares students well for meeting people from cultures, religious beliefs and backgrounds other than their own. Middle leaders, including those in charge of subjects, play a key role in ensuring students make exceptional progress. They are thoroughly involved in checking the quality of teaching and sharing ideas for improving literacy and numeracy.