Springwell School

Name Springwell School
Website http://www.springwellschool.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 25 February 2015
Address Wiltshire Way, Hartlepool, TS26 0TB
Phone Number 01429280600
Type Special
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 82 (62% boys 38% girls)
Local Authority Hartlepool
Percentage Free School Meals 50.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.4%
Persisitent Absence 18%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This primary special school serves the whole of Hartlepool and provides for pupils with a very wide range of learning difficulties. Many pupils have severe or profound learning difficulties. A significant number also have additional difficulties and disabilities, including emotional, social and behavioural difficulties, autism and sensory impairment. A significant number of pupils also find it difficult to communicate effectively. Pupils attending the school join at various times throughout the school year. Just under one-third of the pupils are dual registered, attending Springwell on a placement from their primary schools for short or extended periods of time. Pupils attending the school are either currently undergoing assessment for specific needs or have an Educational Health and Care Plan. Early years provision is full time. The large majority of pupils are White British, with a small number from a diverse range of minority ethnic heritages. There is a high proportion of disadvantaged pupils, those eligible for support through the pupil premium funding, which provides support for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after by the local authority. The school has gained many awards since the previous inspection, including the National Autistic Society’s accreditation, Investors in People and the Youth Sport Trust Gold Quality Mark. The school is part of the Hartlepool Teaching Schools Alliance and the North East Special Schools Teaching Partnership. The school’s outreach programme is used extensively and provides expertise and support to mainstream schools, their pupils and families.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Outstanding leadership and management have led to outstanding teaching and achievement across the whole school. From their low starting points, pupils’ make outstanding progress in the development of their numeracy and literacy skills. Early years provision is exceptional and enables children to make outstanding progress over time. The inspirational headteacher and highly committed governors and senior leaders have successfully built on the many strengths identified at the time of the previous inspection, to ensure every pupil achieves the best they possibly can. The school, therefore, continues to improve apace. Middle leaders, together with the senior leadership team, have successfully revised the curriculum and implemented new assessment procedures, which are in their final stages of development and support pupils’ progress and attainment well. Governors have an excellent understanding of the school’s work and are instrumental in moving the school forward. They also ensure that safeguarding procedures meet statutory requirements. The school is held in very high esteem by parents and the local authority. Pupils enjoy attending school, display exemplary behaviour and say they feel safe and looked after very well. British values are very well promoted through the skilfully adapted curriculum, preparing pupils most effectively for the next stage in their education and for life in modern Britain.