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This is an outstanding school Leaders, governors and staff are highly committed to improving the life chances of pupils.
They work together to successfully fulfil their ambitious expectations. They continually adapt to meet pupils' changing needs. The headteacher provides exceptional and dynamic leadership.
She inspires all of those she works with to strive to be the very best. Leadership at all levels is strong and highly effective. Senior and middle leaders support the headteacher positively in the drive for excellence.
Teachers have very high expectations of pupils. They are highly skilled in providing all pupils of differing abilities with signifi...cant challenge. This enables pupils to make rapid progress across all areas of the curriculum.
Highly effective teaching and assessment systems and strategies are in place which consider specific pupils' needs. These support each pupil to learn successfully. Children in the early years provision are very happy.
They are inquisitive about learning and blossom with the opportunities provided for them. The outstanding curriculum has been developed to be broad, balanced and personalised for each pupil. Pupils follow a pathway that is carefully tailored to their abilities and aspirations.
Teaching assistants provide high levels of pastoral, nurture and academic support to pupils. Relationships with pupils are exceptionally strong. Staff care about their pupils and show genuine pride and delight when small steps are achieved.
The behaviour of pupils in classrooms and around school is impeccable. Staff are highly skilled in supporting pupils to manage their own behaviour. Pupils are respectful, polite, friendly and happy.
Pupils feel safe at school and this enables them to thrive. Governors are highly skilled and bring a wide breadth of experience that supports and challenges school leaders very well. Leaders are unwavering in their pursuit of increasing attendance.
However, there is still some work to be carried out, particularly with those who take holidays in term time.
Information about this school
Highbury School is a generic special school which caters for children with a wide range of learning needs and/or disabilities and whose needs cannot be fully met within a mainstream setting. These include those with autistic spectrum conditions, profound and multiple learning difficulties, physical disabilities and sensory impairments.
All pupils have an education, health and care plan. There are currently no pupils who are two years old at the school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for support provided by the pupil premium is higher than average.