St Giles School

Name St Giles School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Pampisford Road, South Croydon, CR2 6DF
Phone Number 02086802141
Type Special
Age Range 2-19
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 102 (53.9% boys 46.1% girls)
Local Authority Croydon
Percentage Free School Meals 40.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 32.4%
Persisitent Absence 54.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (09 July 2013)
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Information about this school

Pupils who attend this school have a range of special educational needs. Most have physical disabilities in addition to a learning difficulty. Almost all pupils come to the school from the London Borough of Croydon. A few travel from neighbouring districts. The headteacher has been in post for 18 months. A new deputy headteacher was appointed last year. The school’s leadership team has been re-structured in recent terms. A much higher proportion of children than the national average are known to be entitled to receive the pupil premium, which provides additional support for children in the care of the local authority, those from service families or those who are entitled to receive free school meals. The number of pupils who come from homes where English is not the first language is higher than the national average. Teams of nurses and therapists are based at the school to provide care and support to pupils and their families and advice to teachers.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Teaching is typically good. Teachers know their pupils very well and they plan lessons which are well matched to the needs of each individual. Teaching assistants make a strong contribution to the quality of teaching. Pupils make good progress from their starting points and achieve well. By the time they leave, many have gained GCSE or Entry Level qualifications. The sixth form is outstanding. Pupils are very well prepared for the next phase of their lives and learning. Pupils behave outstandingly well. They are polite and considerate of each other’s needs. They enjoy coming to school and are great ambassadors for the school when they take part in community or city-wide events. School leaders, including governors, have a clear idea of what needs to be improved to push standards even higher and have been effective in securing improvements in teaching and pupils’ achievement. School leaders and managers closely check on the achievements of each individual and, when they notice that a pupil is struggling, they plan highly personalised learning programmes to help boost progress. Governors ensure that all resources are used effectively, including those made available by the pupil premium. They have ensured that staff are well trained so that they can provide quick and effective support to individuals and groups of pupils. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Signing and other alternative means of communication are not used to the best effect in every lesson. Not all teachers are fully aware of how information gained from assessment and tracking programmes can be put to best use in planning lessons.