Middleton School

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About Middleton School

Name Middleton School
Website http://middleton.herts.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Debbie Hartley
Address Walnut Tree Walk, Ware, SG12 9PD
Phone Number 01920485152
Phase Special
Type Community special school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 100
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Outstanding leadership by leaders, managers and governors has enabled the school to respond most effectively to the change in the range of needs of pupils for whom the school provides. Teachers and their assistants are very well trained and supported in continuing to extend their knowledge and skills.

As a result, the teaching is outstanding. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage make excellent progress because staff plan their learning in detail. Pupils of all ages make exceptional progress in all subjects.

Their achievement is outstanding because their specific needs are met very well. Teachers aim high and use exception...al questioning skills to involve pupils in checking how well they are learning. This has addressed the area for further improvement in the school's last inspection.

Additional adults make a very strong contribution to learning in lessons through their excellent help and guidance for pupils' academic, medical and physical needs. Senior leaders, including governors, work extremely well together to improve the rate of progress of pupils and to check the quality of teaching. The well planned teaching of skills in phonics (the sounds letters make) has led to rapid improvements in reading across the school for pupils of most groups.

A few pupils who have speech, language and communication difficulties make better progress in mathematics than reading. The school is aware of this and is addressing it. Pupils' behaviour, attitudes and relationships with one another and adults are outstanding and are a key strength of the school.

The school provides many opportunities for pupils to speak up for themselves and get involved in discussions. This very successfully encourages their social development.

Information about this school

Middleton has been recently designated by the local authority as a school for pupils with moderate learning difficulties, speech, language and communication difficulties and pupils on the autistic spectrum.

Previously, the school provided for pupils with moderate learning difficulties. All pupils have statements of special educational needs. An average proportion of the pupils are supported through the pupil premium (additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals or who are looked after by the local authority).

Almost all pupils are White British with very few children from Black African and other minority backgrounds. The school offers advice, support and training to local mainstream schools as part of the local authority's provision for pupils with additional needs in mainstream schools. This service is called Outreach.

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