Rosehill School

Name Rosehill School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 14 March 2013
Address St Matthias Road, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG3 2FE
Phone Number 01159155815
Type Special
Age Range 4-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 108 (85% boys 15% girls)
Local Authority Nottingham
Percentage Free School Meals 40.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 39.8%
Persisitent Absence 20%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Rosehill School educates pupils on the autism spectrum. Most pupils have severe and complex learning difficulties. The school was purpose built in 2010. The Headteacher was appointed in 2010 and moved the school from its temporary accommodation into the newly built school in 2011. The majority of pupils are boys reflecting the prevalence of autism within the population. The school has numerous awards validating its work. These include awards for School of Creativity, Healthy Schools status, British Council International School Award, Sports Mark, Active Mark and Investors in People. The proportion of students for whom the school receives the pupil premium (additional funding allocated by the government for certain groups of pupils, in this case, those who are known to be eligible for free school meals and who are looked after by the local authority) is broadly average. Four pupils were eligible for the Year 7 catch-up premium. The school does not make use of alternative provision.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Pupils make outstanding progress academically and in managing their difficulties associated with autism. Teaching is outstanding. It is lively and staff know their pupils exceptionally well and are able to get the best out of them. Teachers use a good mix of techniques to enable pupils to communicate their needs as well as possible, such as signs, symbols and touch-screen technology. The behaviour and safety of pupils are outstanding. Many pupils make great strides in improving their behaviour and the management of pupils’ behaviour is excellent. The sixth form is outstanding as it prepares students very well for the next stage of life by giving them ample opportunities to put their skills into practice in the local community and colleges. The facilities are outstanding and enhance pupils’ learning greatly. The headteacher and senior leaders, together with the governing body, have sustained outstanding pupil achievement and teaching. This has been achieved through accurate checking of the school’s work and has been strengthened by the use of external experts. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils is supported exceptionally well through the imaginative use of creative and performing arts, such as dance, drama, video, pottery and sculpture. Pupils enjoy school. Attendance is above average and they enjoy the wide range of interesting activities such as the sensory room and a range of therapies. The school makes very good use of current research to inform its practice on managing the difficulties of autism for pupils, such as vigorous exercise at the beginning of the day.