Hollybank School

Name Hollybank School
Website http://www.hollybanktrust.com
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Roe Head, Far Common Road, Mirfield, WF14 0DQ
Phone Number 01924490833
Type Special
Age Range 2-19
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 24 (45.8% boys 54.2% girls)
Local Authority Kirklees
Percentage Free School Meals 4.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 16%
Pupils with SEN Support 32%
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (21 October 2014)
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Information about this school

All pupils have profound complex physical, sensory, communication, learning and medical needs. The vast majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils eligible for support through the pupil premium is average. The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those children who are looked after by the local authority. Pupils are admitted to the school at any age, and at any time during the year, although the majority join the school in Year 8. Pupils are admitted from any local authority in England and internationally. The majority of pupils live on site. A few pupils travel on a daily basis from neighbouring authorities. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs. The school is located on a large site. It forms part of Hollybank Trust, which is a charity. The Trust includes a children’s home and other residential provision for adults. The headteacher is a member of the local authority special school headteachers’ group and a member of staff is providing support for a neighbouring special school in multi-sensory impairment. The school provides a toddler group for local families five mornings each week. This is a parent support service for families with children aged nought to five who have complex needs. The headteacher was appointed as permanent headteacher in September 2014, having previously been deputy headteacher and then acting headteacher since January 2014. Secondary age pupils do not access any alternative provision.

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 life. Pupils make consistently good and often outstanding progress in personal and social development. They are able to do this because : they make outstanding progress in their communication skills. The sixth form is outstanding. Students make outstanding progress here because they spend an increasing amount of time using and applying their skills in adult situations. The quality of teaching is outstanding. Teachers have excellent knowledge and expert skills and know the needs of their pupils very well. As a result, pupils are inspired by, and highly engaged in, their learning. At times pupils do not make quite as much progress in their personal skills because residential staff do not work closely with school staff when planning activities to enable pupils to achieve personal targets. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. Pupils are inquisitive and very welcoming and show they feel safe in school. They are cared for very well. The school is expertly led and managed by the headteacher. There is a highly successful and shared vision of the pursuit of excellent teaching, care and high standards in all the school’s work. The governing body and trustee directors hold leaders to account stringently and challenge rigorously, as well as support the school. They evaluate expertly the performance of the school, including teaching and achievement, care and every individual within it.