Hadrian School

Name Hadrian School
Website http://www.hadrian.newcastle.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 05 March 2013
Address Bertram Crescent, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE15 6PY
Phone Number 01912734440
Type Special
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 152 (57% boys 43% girls)
Local Authority Newcastle upon Tyne
Percentage Free School Meals 55.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 24.4%
Persisitent Absence 33.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 5%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Because Hadrian School caters specifically for pupils with complex, severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties, in addition to a small number with moderate learning difficulties, it is significantly smaller than the average-sized primary school. All pupils require specialist extra help with their work, with all of them financed through their statement of special educational needs. This proportion of pupils is well above average. Students eligible for free school meals, those who have been in care more than six months and those whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces are eligible for additional funding called the pupil premium. The proportion of these students currently at the school is 55%, which is higher than average. The school is experiencing a changing population, with a significantly increasing number of pupils with complex health needs as well as profound and multiple learning difficulties. The school intends to achieve Trust status in September 2013.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Hadrian School has maintained its outstanding provision since its previous inspection in 2007. Although all pupils start at the school with standards that are well below those expected for their age, they make outstanding progress and leave the school having closed the gap significantly with pupils of similar ages in mainstream schools. The standards on entry to the Early Years Foundation Stage are also well below those expected, but progress here is outstanding because of the excellent and stimulating provision and the quality of teaching. Teaching is outstanding because it provides a rich range of safe, secure and extremely worthwhile learning experiences for all pupils. Staff know their pupils extremely well and provide well focused and individualised learning support throughout the school. The pupils’ behaviour is outstanding because of the trusting and very effective relationships that exist in all parts of the school. The senior staff know the strengths of the school extremely well and they are adept at providing timely and appropriate support. The governing body is fully committed to the school’s vision for continuous improvement. They know and support the school very effectively.