|Name||Little Heath School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||11 February 2014|
|Address||Hainault Road, Little Heath, Romford, Essex, RM6 5RX|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||155 (67% boys 33% girls)|
|Percentage Free School Meals||28.9%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||49.7%|
|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.