St Anthony’s School

Name St Anthony’s School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 01 July 2015
Address St Anthony’s Way, Margate, Kent, CT9 3RA
Phone Number 01843292015
Type Special
Age Range 5-16
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 108 (86% boys 14% girls)
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 50.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.9%
Catchment Area Information Available No, we only have catchment area data for schools in England
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This school caters for primary and secondary-aged pupils from across East Kent. The primary pupils have social, emotional and behaviour difficulties. Not all of them transfer to the secondary department at the age of 11. Some re-integrate into mainstream schools and others go on to secondary behaviour placements. There are no pupils under the age of six currently at the school. Secondary students have social, emotional and mental health needs and usually stay at the school until the end of Year 11. All students at St. Anthony’s have a statement of special educational needs. About a quarter of students also have a diagnosis of autism spectrum conditions. Many students have been out of school for some considerable time before they start at the school. Almost all students are of White British heritage and no students speak English as an additional language. The proportion of students eligible for the pupil premium is well above average. This is additional government funding for disadvantaged pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and for those who are looked after. The school also receives primary school physical education and sport additional funding. Some students in Key Stage 4 attend accredited vocational courses at East Kent College. Other students in Key Stage 4 have a wide range of alternative placement opportunities to learn about the world of work. These include a local farm, local businesses and a centre for military programmes. The school is currently undergoing considerable re-development and a new sports hall is about to be opened. The headteacher was on a residential trip to Wales with some students in Year 10 during the inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Good leadership has resulted in teaching and achievement that have been maintained since the previous inspection. The school continues to improve. Effective staff training and regular checks on the quality of teaching ensure that most students make good progress in English, mathematics and science. Students in Year 11 all achieve some formal accreditation and qualifications before they leave the school. As a result, students are well prepared for their futures. The small number of pupils in Year 2 and Year 6 make good progress at the school and achieve well in English and mathematics. The governing body has a good range of skills and knows how well the school works. Governors regularly challenge leaders about students’ progress and behaviour to ensure that students achieve well. Governors use additional government funding effectively. A wide range of exciting activities contributes well to students’ good spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The good range of subjects and topics provided meets students’ needs and abilities well. Additional therapies and individual support help students to catch up with past inadequacies and enjoy school. There are high quality opportunities for work experience. Students’ behaviour is good. Students get on well together and most work hard to succeed. The school’s reward systems are very effective in engaging most students in learning. The school’s work to keep students safe and secure is outstanding. Almost all students improve their attendance from low starting points. They value the individual support that they receive and most are anxious to do well. Teaching is good. Helpful marking of books is particularly evident in the primary department. All students have good support from teaching assistants. Staff are positive about the way leaders and managers have maintained and improved the school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Students’ progress in mathematics in Years 7 to 11 is not as good as it is in English. Teachers’ marking in Years 7 to 11 is not always effective in helping students improve. Students’ individual emotional and/or mental health needs are not always identified as well as their other needs.