Maplewell Hall School

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About Maplewell Hall School

Name Maplewell Hall School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Jason Brooks
Address Maplewell Road, Woodhouse Eaves, Loughborough, LE12 8QY
Phone Number 01509890237
Phase Special
Type Community special school
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 294
Local Authority Leicestershire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils flourish at this exceptional school.

For many, their life chances are transformed by the quality of care and education they receive. Staff are very aspirational for what pupils can achieve. Pupils rise to this challenge admirably.

Highly positive relationships between pupils and staff are a real mark of the school. In all lessons and activities, pupils happily complete their work. Staff encourage pupils to persevere and complete challenging activities.

Pupils' behaviour and their attitudes to learning are impressive. If pupils occasionally struggle to regulate their behaviour, staff step in quickly to provide skilled support. However, such instances ar...e rare.

Parents and carers are full of praise for the school. Many say that the staff are friendly and approachable. Parents feel reassured that staff know their children very well, saying, for example, 'Nothing is too much trouble.'

Similarly, pupils express positive views about the school. They say that they feel safe. They appreciate friendships, 'fun' lessons and the many extra activities and residential trips.

School does not end when the taxis arrive. There is a range of popular clubs, activities and tuition available at lunchtimes and after school. This ensures that pupils can develop their talents and interests beyond the academic.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders and staff are highly ambitious for every pupil to achieve their full potential, regardless of their additional needs. They know the pupils, and their needs, very well. Leaders use this precise knowledge to provide a personalised and ambitious curriculum.

The aim is for all pupils to develop secure knowledge and skills in a wide range of subjects. Beyond the core subjects of English, mathematics and science, leaders carefully consider pupils' interests alongside staff specialisms. Pupils in key stage 4 can select from a wide range of options.

The school's published outcomes have improved significantly over time. Pupils are increasingly successful in gaining academic and vocational qualifications as well as skills to become more independent.

Leaders place the utmost importance on reading.

They recognise reading as a key skill for life and a gateway to access the whole curriculum. Staff quickly assess pupils' reading ability as soon as they join the school. They provide individual support for any pupils who need it.

Pupils read books that match their reading ability. They are justifiably proud of their reading achievements.

Teachers have strong subject knowledge across all areas of the curriculum.

In lessons, teachers provide activities that enable pupils to recall and apply what they already know. Instructions are clear and straightforward. Teachers constantly check pupils' learning.

They pick up on any misunderstandings straightaway. Pupils are confident learners. They ask questions and take part in discussions.

Pupils take pride in their written work.Since the previous inspection, the number of pupils in the Maplewell Autism Provision (MAP) has increased considerably, due to high demand. The MAP is now a significant strength of the school.

It has gained external recognition and accreditation. Leaders ensure that the teaching is highly personalised to pupils' specific needs. Consequently, MAP pupils integrate successfully into the main school for their key stage 4 options.

From the moment pupils join the school, leaders and staff focus strongly on preparing them for their next steps, employability and adulthood. The school's preparation for adulthood (P4A) curriculum is a prominent feature of the provision. Many pupils spoke thoughtfully about their plans for the future.

Some pupils have high aspirations, such as in engineering, animal care or floristry. Staff guide pupils towards courses that will support them to achieve their ambitions. Leaders have explored the employment possibilities in the local area.

They have formed positive partnerships with local businesses. Such links provide workplace opportunities for pupils.

Students in the post-16 provision also receive an exceptional quality of education.

They can follow one of three pathways: college-ready, work-ready or life-ready. Each pathway involves an ambitious curriculum that sets no limits on pupils' achievements.

Leaders ensure that pupils learn to respect and value cultural diversity.

Pupils understand the importance of treating everyone equally. For example, they can talk meaningfully about democracy and current affairs. The school has recently gained an external award in recognition of its work on inclusion and supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pupils.

Leaders and governors engage with staff effectively. They are keen to ensure that staff do not experience undue pressure due to workload demands. Staff speak warmly about the care shown by leaders for their mental health and well-being.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders have ensured that all staff adopt a rigorous approach to safeguarding. Leaders ensure that staff training is up to date.

Records are detailed and clearly demonstrate leaders' prompt response to any concerns that arise. Everyone knows the pupils very well. Staff in all areas of the school have a constant focus on pupils' safety and well-being, due to pupils' additional vulnerabilities.

Pupils learn how to keep themselves safe through the P4A curriculum. They learn about substance misuse and online safety. Pupils discuss the importance of healthy relationships and learn about the meaning of consent.

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