Ridgewood Community High School

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About Ridgewood Community High School

Name Ridgewood Community High School
Ofsted Inspections
Mr Ian Carden
Address Eastern Avenue, Burnley, BB10 2AT
Phone Number 01282953653
Phase Special
Type Community special school
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 182
Local Authority Lancashire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The school's warm, friendly atmosphere and its outstanding levels of care help students to make good and better progress. Good teaching and well-planned lessons have ensured that progress in reading, writing and mathematics is good.

It is better in English than in mathematics. Staff know students very well and have great skill in helping them to express their feelings and make their wishes known. Students make excellent gains in their communication skills as a result.

Students are happy and feel secure in school. Parents agree. Behaviour and safety are outstanding.

The school has strong leadership and management. The recently ex...tended senior team of experienced and new staff are ambitious for the school and have complementary skills. Revised systems to check teaching and students' progress are developing well, and progress in literacy is improving as a result.

Parents are highly supportive of the school and value the out-of-school clubs and residential experiences offered to their children. The school's post-16 provision is good. A more adult focus on the work for older students has resulted in extended college links, work experiences and range of new courses.

It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not all teaching makes the best use of lesson plans, students' targets or opportunities for students to develop greater independence. Systems to check students' progress in mathematics are not as strong as in English, and extra help in class is not sufficiently reviewed to see if it has been successful.

Information about this school

Ridgewood provides for students with a very wide range of special educational needs.

All students attending the school have a statement of special educational needs indicating profound and complex needs, severe and moderate learning difficulties or autistic spectrum conditions. Many students have additional physical or medical needs. Students can join the school at any age but most enter at the usual transfer age of 11.

Almost half of the school's students are known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional funding); this is significantly above the national average. There are almost equal numbers of boys and girls in the school and most students are of White British heritage. Ridgewood is co-located with Sir John Thursby Community College, a secondary mainstream school.

A small number of students experience activities in the co-located school. The number of students in the school's provision for those over the age of 16, known as Further Education (FE) in the school, has risen since the previous inspection. The school has achieved Healthy School status, the Leading Parent Partnership Award, Investors in People and was awarded Sports School of the Year in 2011 for Lancashire.

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