St Anthony’s School

Name St Anthony’s School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 29 November 2012
Address Woodlands Lane, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 5PA
Phone Number 01243785965
Type Special
Age Range 4-16
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 214 (72% boys 28% girls)
Local Authority West Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 31.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.7%
Persisitent Absence 21.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

St Anthony’s is a special school which, while designated as a school for pupils with moderate learning difficulties, takes pupils with a range of increasingly complex learning needs. Since the last inspection, the school has expanded its provision for pupils with an autistic spectrum disorder including a recent development to expand this into the local college of further education for students over the age of 16. All pupils are supported by a statement of special educational needs. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for support through the pupil premium (additional funding made available by the government for pupils who qualify for free school meals, are in the care of the local authority or who have parents or carers in the armed services) is below average. Virtually all pupils are of White British origin and none is at an early stage of learning English. The school is a designated specialist school for communication and interaction and is currently developing a model for sustaining this expertise into the future once funding ends at the end of this school year. The school has links with the University of Chichester and school leaders provide specialist input to its teacher training course. The headteacher took up her post in September 2012 after previously being an assistant headteacher at the school.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. St Anthony’s remains an outstanding school where the achievement of pupils is far above that found in many similar schools. Despite the complexity of pupils’ needs increasing since the last inspection, the commitment to excellence has seen standards maintained and sometimes improved even further. Teachers display a high level of commitment to their pupils and have extremely high expectations. Their excellent use of data to show individual progress enables them to ensure the maximum level of challenge for all their pupils. This also extends to social and emotional progress. Behaviour is exemplary and pupils look after each other in a caring way. Tremendous care is taken to ensure the safety of pupils who may be vulnerable. Leadership, including that of the governors, sets the tone for the whole school with its drive and determination for excellence. Leaders have tremendous expertise and use this to ensure that the needs of all pupils can be best met. Their excellent support has enabled teachers to become skilled practitioners. The school works very effectively to support the education of pupils in other schools and students at the local further education college. Leaders recognise the importance of sustaining and extending this work in the future.