Little Heath School

Name Little Heath School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 11 February 2014
Address Hainault Road, Little Heath, Romford, Essex, RM6 5RX
Phone Number 02085994864
Type Special
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 155 (67% boys 33% girls)
Local Authority Redbridge
Percentage Free School Meals 28.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 49.7%
Persisitent Absence 27.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 0.6%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Little Heath is a small special school catering for pupils who have moderate to severe learning difficulties. The proportion of pupils who have complex needs has increased in recent years. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs. Pupils come from a range of ethnic backgrounds with the greatest proportions being from White British or Asian heritages. Most pupils speak English as their main language. Around two thirds of pupils are boys. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is above average.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. As a result of good teaching, pupils make good progress in relation to their various starting points and capabilities. The range of subjects and activities offered by the school in Key Stages 3 and 4 is adapted well to meet the needs of pupils, with a strong emphasis on developing language and communication skills. School leaders closely check and assess each aspect of the school’s work and ensure that standards of teaching and pupils’ performance continue to improve. The management of behaviour is consistently good. Positive relationships between staff and pupils make a strong contribution to pupils’ learning. Pupils report they feel safe and enjoy learning, a view confirmed by parents, carers and staff. The school promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development particularly well. It is not yet an outstanding school because: The governing body is supportive but governors do not provide a sharp enough challenge to school leaders and do not contribute sufficiently to the strategic direction of the school. The sixth form is expanding and further changes are required to ensure that provision meets the needs of the increasing proportion of sixth form students who have complex needs.