Lady Zia Wernher School

Name Lady Zia Wernher School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Ashcroft Road, Stopsley, Luton, LU2 9AY
Phone Number 01582728705
Type Special
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 118 (58.5% boys 41.5% girls)
Local Authority Luton
Percentage Free School Meals 22.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 52.1%
Persisitent Absence 56.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 17.4%
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (01 October 2014)
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Information about this school

This is a school for pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties, physical disabilities, severe learning difficulties and medical conditions. Since the previous inspection there has been a significant increase in the number of pupils, and the school has begun to take pupils with autistic spectrum disorders who have a range of other severe difficulties. Some pupils have degenerative conditions and all the pupils have complex needs. Most pupils are non-ambulant (unable to walk) and many are unable to express themselves through speech. Pupils all have a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is a little above average. This is additional government funding for disadvantaged pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals or looked after by the local authority. A high proportion of pupils are of minority ethnic heritage, mainly from Pakistani or Bangladeshi backgrounds. The proportion of pupils from homes where English is not the first language is well above average. The school runs an outreach service on behalf of the local authority for pupils with physical and sensory impairments and associated medical needs. It provides support to 14 high schools, 38 primary schools and five nurseries in Luton as well as some schools in neighbouring authorities. A subject survey led by one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors in December 2011 found that all aspects of the school’s work in physical education were outstanding.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. The outstanding leadership of the headteacher, senior leaders and managers has enabled the school to build on the many strengths found at the previous inspection. Leaders receive good support from the governing body in their work to raise achievement and improve teaching. The curriculum is based on a thorough assessment of pupils’ learning difficulties. Staff work in very close partnership with a range of therapists and outside agencies. Teaching is outstanding and teachers are particularly skilled at working with pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties. The staff show a high level of dedication to meeting the needs of all the pupils. Achievement is outstanding. Most pupils exceed the progress expected nationally, especially in developing their key communication, physical and social skills. Very occasionally, the more-able pupils are not fully challenged during literacy and numeracy lessons. Pupils who are able to express their views all say that they love school. Behaviour is outstanding and pupils feel very safe. Pupils are all valued as individuals and the school does much to raise their self-esteem. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent. The outstanding Early Years Foundation Stage provides children with a very positive start. The school provides extremely good support to parents and works in very close partnership with them. The outreach service provides exceptionally good support to a number of schools within the local authority and beyond.