Rigby Hall Day Special School

Name Rigby Hall Day Special School
Website http://www.rigbyhallschool.com
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 13 September 2012
Address Rigby Lane, Aston fields, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B60 2EP
Phone Number 01527875475
Type Special
Age Range 4-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 134 (76% boys 24% girls)
Local Authority Worcestershire
Percentage Free School Meals 30%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.5%
Persisitent Absence 16.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 3.7%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Rigby Hall Day Special School caters for pupils with disabilities and those with a variety of special educational needs The majority of pupils have moderate learning difficulties with an increasing number having a range of other special needs including: speech, language and communication difficulties; autistic spectrum disorders; and severe learning difficulties. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is above average. The majority of pupils are from a White British background. A number of pupils enter and leave the school at times other than the start or end of a school year from or to other educational establishments. The sixth form consists of two classes taught in a separate building on the same site.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The school has made good progress since the last inspection and has good capacity for further improvement. All pupils make good progress, although this is a little slower in mathematics. There are no marked differences in the rates of progress between boys and girls. The sixth form is good and provides a good standard of learning. This enables virtually all sixth formers to successfully move on to further education. Although many pupils struggle with their reading due to their starting points, the school ensures that they achieve well. The quality of teaching and learning has improved considerably since the last inspection and is good across the whole school. Teachers have high expectations and aspirations for all pupils but a small number of pupils are unsure of their targets or the levels at which they are working. Leaders and managers at all levels have ensured rapid improvements in teaching and achievement since the last inspection and know what is needed to improve further. Attendance is above average and pupils’ behaviour is good. Pupils feel safe in school and have very positive attitudes to learning. All these help them to achieve well. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils’ progress in mathematics has not kept up with other subjects due to a lack of subject leadership over recent times. A small minority of pupils do not always know their targets and so are unclear about how to improve their work and achieve the higher levels.