Millstead School

Name Millstead School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 06 March 2013
Address Iliad Street, Liverpool, L5 3LU
Phone Number 01512074656
Type Special
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 133 (69% boys 31% girls)
Local Authority Liverpool
Percentage Free School Meals 52.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 15.4%
Persisitent Absence 21.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 3.8%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection:

Information about this school

The school provides for pupils with a range of complex learning and health issues. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs. The designated categories of need comprise severe learning difficulties and profound and multiple learning difficulties. However, a high proportion of pupils, about a third and increasing, have a secondary diagnosis of autism. The local authority is responsible for determining admissions to the school. Many of the pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties join the school at two years of age. Many of the pupils with severe learning difficulties and/or autism join the school after a period in mainstream schools. Pupils attending the school come from all over Liverpool. Most travel to and from the school using transport provided by the local authority, accompanied by trained escorts. The majority of pupils, about two thirds, are boys. A large proportion of pupils are known to be eligible for free school meals and a small number are in the care of the local authority. The school is, therefore, in receipt of the additional funding termed the ‘pupil premium’, provided by the government. At the time of the inspection, planning was at an advanced stage to relocate the school into new, purpose-built accommodation in September 2014.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Millstead School provides an outstanding quality of education that meets the individual needs of all its pupils exceptionally well. Pupils achieve more than parents say they ever dared hope for. Pupils’ excellent progress enables them to live their lives to their full potential, whatever their level of disability or special educational needs. Teaching is never less than good and is frequently outstanding. Teachers have high expectations of pupils and challenge them to achieve their best. Staffs at all levels show the highest levels of dedication to pupils and their families. The partnership with nursing staff and therapists is exceptionally effective. Pupils love school and feel welcome, secure and safe. Pupils’ behaviour is managed very well. This enables pupils with profound autism, in particular, to improve their communication and social skills. Attention to pupils’ health, safety and protection is of the highest order and school staff play a central role in multi-agency safeguarding procedures. The leadership and management of the school are outstandingly effective. The headteacher and governing body provide excellent direction for the school. There is rigorous attention to improving teaching and learning linked firmly to pupils’ improving outcomes. A clear momentum for further improvement is shared by all staff. The school’s existing accommodation has many shortfalls. Staff are resourceful in overcoming these. The local authority provides good support to the school and plans to relocate the school to new premises in 2014.