Mayfield School


Name Mayfield School
Website http://www.mayfield.cumbria.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 16 October 2012
Address Campus Whitehaven, Red Lonning, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 8UG
Phone Number 01946691253
Type Special
Age Range 3-19
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 148 (72% boys 28% girls)
Local Authority Cumbria
Percentage Free School Meals 34.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.7%

Information about this school

Mayfield School educates pupils with disabilities and those with special educational needs. All have a statement of special educational needs identifying severe learning difficulties or profound and multiple learning difficulties. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage and the proportion known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional funding) is well-above average. Since the last inspection, the number of pupils on roll has grown from 87 to 109. Two additional classes were added to accommodate this increase. At the beginning of this school year, three children of pre-compulsory school age were admitted. It has been four years since the last group of children of this age were on roll. The Early Years Foundation Stage provision has been reintroduced to meet the requirements for these children. There are 24 students above compulsory school age on roll.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. The school uses its considerable expertise and resources very effectively, which inspires every pupil to excel in their physical, personal and academic development. Pupils make exceptional progress in all areas of learning so that by the time they leave school what they achieve is outstanding. The provision for students who are above compulsory school age is outstanding. They make excellent progress and achieve extremely well, as a result of their teachers’ high expectations and the great many opportunities promoting independence. Staff are a highly effective team. They possess all the knowledge and skills needed to ensure each pupil is given substantial support and encouragement. As a result, pupils make rapid and sustained progress in every aspect of their development. Staff know pupils well and ensure all of the work and activities they plan are right for each pupil and cover completely what they need to learn. Outstanding teaching makes learning enjoyable and challenging. It elicits pupils’ very best efforts and builds their confidence to increase their knowledge and skills. Pupils’ very positive attitudes to learning encourage excellent behaviour. The school’s outstanding leadership and management ensure there is a constant pursuit of new ideas and well-planned improvements made to the school’s work. Staff are challenged to be as effective as possible and their professional development contributes substantially to this. Pupils’ work and activities have considerable variety. Teachers make these activities enjoyable, exciting and interesting to pupils. Provision for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage is being newly developed this year.