Springwell Special Academy


Name Springwell Special Academy
Website http://www.springwelllearningcommunity.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Address St Helen’s Boulevard, Carlton Road, Barnsley, S71 2AY
Phone Number 01226291133
Type Academy (special)
Age Range 5-16
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 102 (92.2% boys 7.8% girls)
Academy Sponsor Wellspring Academy Trust
Local Authority Barnsley
Percentage Free School Meals 57.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1%
Persistent Absence 29.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (16 January 2012)
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This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.

Information about the school

Springwell opened originally in January 2008. The school moved to new accommodation in June 2011. All pupils have behavioural, emotional and social difficulties. Around one third has autistic spectrum disorder and one third has attention deficit, hyper activity or other similar conditions. The severity and complexity of pupils’ learning difficulties have increased since the time of the last inspection. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs. Before joining the school, pupils’ education has typically been disrupted by low levels of attendance or exclusion from previous schools. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is very high. All pupils are White British and there are only a few girls on roll. A very small number is in the care of the local authority. A pupil referral unit, sixth-form provision and associated services share the school’s site and building. Springwell’s headteacher leads these provisions also, but they are inspected separately. The school has two nationally recognised awards from the Disabilities Film Society in recognition of its work in relation to media studies. Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms

Key Findings

This is an outstanding school. All groups of pupils, including those with different special educational needs and disabilities, boys, girls, and pupils in care are achieving extremely well overall. Leaders and managers at all levels have created an excellent ethos for learning. Very effective strategies are in place to ensure that teaching is of the highest order and pupils get the most out of a very rich curriculum, which provides equally well for their academic and personal development needs. Teachers and support staff take full advantage of the excellent accommodation to ensure that pupils achieve as well as they can. The teamwork between staff to support learning is exceptional. Comments from pupils include ‘adults make learning fun, they know us very well and help us when we get stuck’. Inclusion lies at the heart of the school’s work. Strategies to raise pupils’ self-confidence and to promote excellent behaviour are very effective. Consequently, pupils learn and understand the impact of their actions on others and make rapid improvements in their behaviour from the time they start at the school. The result of these factors is a very orderly, calm and safe atmosphere, where pupils behave exceptionally well. Although parents and carers hold very positive views about the school and value the quality of education highly, a small number are uncertain about whether lessons are disrupted by bad behaviour. Leaders and managers at all levels have created a common sense of purpose where only the best is good enough for pupils. Self-evaluation is accurate, penetrating and insightful. The inspirational headteacher works closely and very effectively with the governing body and senior managers to monitor the quality of provision and ensure that any underachievement is remedied very quickly. The school has improved very well since the last inspection. For example, the curriculum is more creative and offers more opportunities for pupils to gain qualifications by the time they leave. Outcomes, including pupils’ achievements and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, have improved from good to outstanding overall.