Mapledown School

Name Mapledown School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 20 November 2013
Address Claremont Road, Cricklewood, London, NW2 1TR
Phone Number 02084554111
Type Special
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Barnet
Percentage Free School Meals 39.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 1.3%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school provides for students who live in the London Borough of Barnet who have severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties. A large proportion of students have an autistic spectrum condition. All have a statement of special educational needs. Over 40% of students are entitled to receive the pupil premium, which provides additional support for those in the care of the local authority, those with families in the services or those who are known to be entitled to free school meals. This is much higher than the national average. A much higher proportion of students than the national average come from backgrounds where English is not the first language spoken at home. Classes are organised into three learning zones with students allocated to a class according to the type of needs they have. Older students have the opportunity to attend some lessons at a further education college. The school has obtained recognition for its work over many years by gaining numerous national and local awards. The headteacher is a national leader in education. Holiday and after-school clubs provide students with further opportunities to participate in leisure and recreation activities.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Students achieve well during their time at the school. They make good progress from their low starting points and are very well prepared for the next stage of their lives and education. The sixth form is good. Students work hard and make good progress as a result of effective teaching. Teaching is typically good. Teachers plan their lessons well; classrooms and all available resources are well organised so that each student has the best chance of learning as much as possible. Students behave extremely well. The school provides them with a very safe environment in which to learn. There is an overarching atmosphere of dignity and respect for all. School leaders, including the governing body, have developed effective programmes for monitoring teaching and students’ achievement. These actions provide them with good information about its strengths and the areas which need to be improved. Governors use the information they gain from regular monitoring visits and meetings, to hold school leaders to account and to challenge everyone to do their very best. Well-thought-through learning activities provide students with many opportunities for developing useful life skills and for gaining insights into different lifestyles and cultures. It is not yet an outstanding school because : In a very few lessons teachers’ plans do not always make clear what each student is expected to learn in that lesson. When monitoring lessons, senior leaders do not always check that teachers’ planning contains precise information about each student’s learning needs and levels.