Marjorie McClure School

Name Marjorie McClure School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 15 July 2014
Address Hawkwood Lane, Chislehurst, Kent, BR7 5PW
Phone Number 02084670174
Type Special
Age Range 3-18
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 99 (53% boys 47% girls)
Local Authority Bromley
Percentage Free School Meals 25.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 11.1%
Persisitent Absence 38.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 1%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Marjorie McClure is a slightly larger than average size special school. Pupils come from five London boroughs in addition to Bromley. There are 27 pupils in the post-16 department and very few children in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Around two thirds of pupils are boys. A few pupils are children who are looked after by the local authority. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs for physical disability or medical needs. Some have additional needs associated with sensory or communication difficulties. The school receives additional government funding, pupil premium, for approximately a quarter of its pupils, which is higher than the national average. This is additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals or who are looked after by the local authority. The school also receives additional funding for primary school physical education and sport. About three quarters of pupils have a White British background. Very few pupils are at an early stage of speaking English as an additional language. Pupils have access to a range of on-site nursing and therapy services. Wood Lodge is a small off-site residential facility that small groups of older pupils use for short periods in order to develop their self-help skills and to experience community living. The school manages this resource, but it is also used by other Bromley schools and colleges. The school shares a site with Coopers Technology College, an academy that a small minority of pupils in Years 7 to 14 attend for some lessons. Older pupils also attend Bromley College. As Marjorie McClure is recognised as a specialist school for physical development, staff work with five partner schools to develop their skills in supporting pupils with physical difficulties. The headteacher is a local leader of education. The school received a Leading Parent Partnership Award in April 2014.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Teaching that is typically outstanding and a very appropriate range of subjects enable pupils to make outstanding progress in their learning. Staff are highly skilled communicators. As a result, they cater for every pupil’s preferred communication system extremely well. Pupils’ achievement over time is outstanding. The pupils make excellent progress from their starting points. Their performance compares very favourably with that made by pupils of the same age and starting points in schools nationally. Different groups of pupils achieve equally well. Those who are entitled to support through additional funding perform as well as others. Pupils’ attitudes and behaviour are outstanding. Pupils are sociable and respectful young people who are supportive of each other. Excellent relationships are evident throughout the school. Leaders and managers at all levels are highly effective and influential. They have established the school’s aims very clearly and constantly evaluate how well it is performing. The staff are unanimous in their support for the school and what it is trying to achieve. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage make excellent progress in their social awareness, physical development and communication skills. The post-16 department is a particular strength of the school. It is very successful in preparing pupils for leaving school. Most pupils gain qualifications that lead to further training or employment. The self-help and independence skills they acquire enable them to live fulfilling lives. Post-16 pupils are excellent ambassadors for the school and they signify how successful the school is. They are ambitious young people who are optimistic about the future. The staff, parents and carers agree wholeheartedly that pupils are safe and very well cared for. The nursing and therapy team makes a very significant contribution to pupils’ learning, as well as to their physical well-being and personal development. There are excellent links with partner schools. These enable some older pupils to follow accredited courses that are not available in this school, including GCE A-level courses. Every parent and carer who completed Parent View stated that their child is happy at the school and they would recommend it to others.