Sherbourne Fields School

Name Sherbourne Fields School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Rowington Close, Coventry, CV6 1PR
Phone Number 02476591501
Type Special
Age Range 2-19
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 173 (67.6% boys 32.4% girls)
Local Authority Coventry
Percentage Free School Meals 33.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 22.1%
Persisitent Absence 28.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (05 February 2014)
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Information about this school

Sherbourne Fields School is a smaller than average-sized special school for pupils with physical disabilities. Over the past several years, the school has increasingly admitted pupils with far more complex learning difficulties, including those with autism and behavioural and social difficulties. All pupils have a statement for special educational needs. There are more boys than girls in the school. Most pupils are White British. Almost half the pupils are eligible for the pupil premium funding, which in this school provides extra funding to the school for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals. The school is organised into 17 classes which are grouped by ability. A large proportion of pupils join the school other than at the usual times. The school is no longer part of a federation and has its own governing body. The school has Lead School Status in the Achievement for All Award.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Pupils in all year groups make at least good progress and many make outstanding progress from very low starting points. Pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development is outstanding. The school provides an excellent range of opportunities for them to explore various cultures and religions. The headteacher and senior leaders, supported by a strong governing body, provide excellent leadership. All staff know the pupils exceptionally well and use this information in their plans to enable pupils to achieve their very best. Teaching is outstanding as there is a strong commitment to continually improve teachers’ skills. The school provides a wide range of excellent learning opportunities. Older pupils have a rich choice of vocational and life skills courses available. Teaching in the Early Years Foundation Stage is consistently outstanding, resources are excellent and the staff create a warm, welcoming and highly caring environment in which all the children thrive. The sixth form is outstanding. Teachers provide a wide range of practical activities that are highly relevant to pupils’ lives. These successfully promote their physical development and social skills. Behaviour and safety are outstanding. Pupils have an excellent understanding of how to stay safe, both in and outside of school. They are very capable of discussing various forms of bullying and are highly competent in their understanding of e-safety. Parents greatly value the support they receive and hold the school in high regard. Leaders and managers at all levels are highly effective, using rigorous self-evaluation to plan future improvements. The senior leadership team and governors use their links with the local authority, local schools and regional partnerships to check and evaluate their work. Governors and the senior leadership team monitor teaching very effectively. They link the performance of teachers carefully to the Teachers’ Standards and robustly evaluate teachers’ pay and progression.