Hawthorns School

Name Hawthorns School
Website http://www.hawthornsschool.org
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Sunnyside Moss Campus, Lumb Lane, Manchester, M34 5SF
Phone Number 01613701312
Type Academy (special)
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 113 (85% boys 15% girls)
Academy Sponsor New Bridge Multi Academy Trust
Local Authority Tameside
Percentage Free School Meals 28.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.7%
Persisitent Absence 15.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
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Information about this school

Hawthorns school converted to become an academy school in September 2013. When its predecessor school, Hawthorns Community School was last inspected by Ofsted it was judged to be outstanding. The academy is part of the Enquire Learning Trust. The school is designated as a National Teaching School. The executive principal is a National Leader of Education. All pupils have moderate or severe learning difficulties. All pupils have additional complex needs. Almost all have a statement of special educational need or an education, health and care plan or are in the process of being formally assessed for such a plan. The majority of pupils are boys. The vast majority of pupils are White British. There are a well above average proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged, and who are supported through the pupil premium. The pupil premium is funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after by the local authority.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Achievement is outstanding. Pupils progress exceptionally well. They are very well prepared for the next step in their education when they leave Hawthorns school. Pupils make consistently good and often outstanding progress in reading and mathematics. They are able to do this because they make outstanding progress in the development of language skills and personal and social skills. Pupils’ achievement is outstanding because the curriculum is highly effective and pupils are constantly using and applying their language skills throughout the day. The quality of teaching is outstanding. Teachers have excellent specialist skills. They know the needs of their pupils very well and as a result, pupils are highly engaged in their learning. Overall, pupils do not make as much progress in writing as they do in reading and mathematics. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. Pupils are inquisitive in their welcome to visitors. They show they feel safe in school by coming into the school readily. The school is expertly led and managed by the headteacher and executive principal in partnership. There is a highly successful and shared vision of the pursuit of high standards in all of the school’s work. Children make excellent progress in the early years and are ready for their move into Key Stage 1. Procedures to improve the quality of teaching and pupil achievement are very effective because they are highly developed and embedded in the work of the school. The governing body and trust hold leaders to account stringently. They challenge the leadership rigorously and also support the school to the full. They evaluate expertly the performance of the school, including teaching and achievement, behaviour and safety and the performance of each individual within it.