Maple Ridge School

Name Maple Ridge School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 12 September 2012
Address Maple Crescent, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 5SX
Phone Number 01256323639
Type Special
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 100 (84% boys 16% girls)
Local Authority Hampshire
Percentage Free School Meals 20%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5%
Persisitent Absence 19.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No, we only have catchment area data for schools in England
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Maple Ridge School is a primary-aged special school for pupils with moderate learning difficulties. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs. Increasing numbers of pupils are on the autistic spectrum disorder and they constitute nearly three-quarters of the school population. Nearly all pupils are White British and the proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is below average. At the time of the inspection there were three children in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The school provides an outreach support service to mainstream schools.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Maple Ridge has maintained its good provision and outcomes from the last inspection. The school’s leaders, well supported by the governing body, have ensured that the school continues to develop its strengths identified in the previous inspection. Pupils benefit from consistently good teaching. A strength of the teaching is how well all staff know pupils and and meet the individual needs of pupils well. Good teaching, together with a well-adapted curriculum, enables pupils to make good progress, from low starting points. Pupils’ progress is carefully tracked and this information is used well to ensure that pupils’ barriers to learning are reduced as much as possible. Pupils’ behaviour is good and many make rapid improvements in their behaviour when they join the school. Pupils stated they feel safe at school and enjoy it a great deal. Pupils’ spiritual, social, moral and cultural development is promoted strongly. The school is well led and managed and the performance of teachers and support staff is regularly monitored. This has ensured that pupils’ good achievements have been sustained despite changes to teaching staff. Newly qualified staff are well supported and are given helpful guidance on how to improve their teaching. The school has outstanding links with parents and carers through the home-school liaison support it offers to parents and carers. It is not yet an outstanding school because: Inspection evidence, together with school monitoring, indicates not enough teaching is outstanding. Teachers do not have enough opportunites to observe outstanding practice. There are inconsistencies in the use of signing and technology to support pupils’ communication and learning. The marking of pupils’ work and feedback to help them improve their work are inconsistent.