Redbridge High School

Name Redbridge High School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 04 February 2015
Address 179 Long Lane, Norris Green, Liverpool, L9 6AD
Phone Number 01513305100
Type Special
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 133 (71% boys 29% girls)
Local Authority Liverpool
Percentage Free School Meals 42.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.5%
Persisitent Absence 25.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection:

Information about this school

Redbridge High School serves students between the ages of 11 and 19 who have severe learning difficulties and profound and multiple learning difficulties. Many students experience autistic spectrum disorders and behavioural challenges. All students have a statement of special educational needs. Redbridge High School admits students from all districts in Liverpool and some travel for an hour to attend school. The proportion of students from minority ethnic heritages is 10%, which is below average. Seven students are looked after by the local authority. Well over half the students are disadvantaged and supported through the pupil premium funding. The pupil premium is additional funding for those students known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after by the local authority. The school holds the Basic Skills Award, School Games Kitemark, Artsmark (Gold), the local authority’s Inclusion Charter Mark and the NAS Accreditation Award.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. The outstanding leadership of the headteacher, senior leaders and governors has enabled the school to build on the many strengths found at the time of the previous inspection. All leaders, including middle leaders, receive very good support from the governing body in their work to improve teaching and raise standards. However, middle leaders are not always consistently accountable to the senior leadership team. Teaching is outstanding and all staff are particularly skilled in working with students with severe learning difficulties and profound and multiple learning needs. Teachers know their students very well and plan daily individual small steps to support very good learning across the curriculum. Specialist physical education (PE) and music teaching is a significant strength of the school and provides students with a diverse range of additional highly enjoyable experiences. Teachers and teaching assistants create a calm, hardworking learning environment which enables students, as they move through the school, to grow in confidence and maturity. All staff work closely together and in partnership with a range of therapists and outside agencies. This forms a very strong team of support around each student. Achievement is outstanding. Most students exceed the progress expected of them, especially in their communication and social development. The curriculum is innovative, challenging and based on rigorous assessment of students’ learning difficulties, ensuring tasks and activities are very well matched to their needs and interests. Students have extremely positive attitudes because : they feel safe and trust adults. Everyone is valued and developing students’ self-esteem is at the centre of everything the school does. The promotion of students’ spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development is excellent. The sixth form provides a broad range of relevant subjects. All students gain externally accredited qualifications before taking up places at alternative provision or colleges. The school works in very close partnership with parents, providing them with excellent support.