Hollinwood Academy


Name Hollinwood Academy
Website http://www.hollinwoodacademy.org
Inspections
Ofsted Inspections
Address Roman Road, Hollinwood, Oldham, OL8 3PT
Phone Number 01618832404
Type Academy (special)
Age Range 4-19
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 239 (80.3% boys 19.7% girls)
Academy Sponsor New Bridge Multi Academy Trust
Local Authority Oldham
Percentage Free School Meals 37.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.4%
Persistent Absence 25.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.9%%
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Leaders, governors and staff work together successfully to fulfil their ambitious expectations for all pupils. They are highly committed to improving the life chances of pupils.

The outstanding curriculum is a key strength in the school's provision. Pupils follow a curriculum that is skilfully tailored to their abilities, talents and aspirations. Pupils' learning is enriched by excellent additional activities, including summer schools, holiday and after-school clubs.

The school's extensive partnership working with health and social care professionals, children's services, other schools and parents and carers ensures that pupils' a...ll-round needs are met fully. Teachers have in-depth knowledge of each pupil's specific learning needs. They use highly effective assessment and teaching strategies to help each pupil to learn successfully.

Teaching assistants make a highly significant contribution to pupils' learning. All staff are vigilant in ensuring pupils' safety and well-being. The outstanding curriculum and excellent teaching support pupils of all abilities to make excellent academic progress and extensive gains in their social and communication skills.

Highly positive relationships between staff and pupils are fundamental to the school's success. Pupils feel extremely safe and flourish as they grow in confidence. Staff are sensitive and perceptive in helping pupils to manage their behaviour and impulses.

Pupils are highly motivated and extremely kind and considerate towards each other. The early years provision is outstanding. Children thrive in the happy environment.

They make excellent progress because activities are planned carefully to build on prior learning. Governors and the directorate team have excellent knowledge and skills to support and challenge school leaders. Leaders at all levels are highly skilled and support continuous improvement in the school.

They constantly adapt provision to meet pupils' changing needs. They are aware of the need to continue to develop the professional skills of all staff in order to sustain pupils' outstanding outcomes.

Information about this school

The school opened in 2015.

It has not been inspected previously. The school provides education for pupils aged from four to 19 years who are on the autism spectrum and/or have significant communication and interaction difficulties. There are not currently any students in the post-16 provision.

Early years provision consists of two Reception classes organised according to children's learning needs. Classes throughout the school are organised according to pupils' special needs and abilities. The school is part of the New Bridge Multi-Academy Trust, part of the New Bridge group, which is an organisation for children and young people who have additional needs.

The group is under the leadership of a chief executive officer. The school shares a site with New Bridge School. Governance is provided through a local governing body, which reports to a 'directorate' team.

Directors oversee key aspects of the school's work. The number on roll has increased significantly in the last two years. Most pupils are male; around a fifth are female.

The vast majority are White British. There are no pupils who speak English as an additional language. All pupils have special educational needs and/or disabilities.

They either have a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan or are currently being assessed for one. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is well above average. The school does not use alternative provision.