Tettenhall Wood School

Name Tettenhall Wood School
Website http://www.tettenhallwoodschool.org.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 04 June 2014
Address Regis Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV6 8XF
Phone Number 01902556519
Type Special
Age Range 4-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 120 (84% boys 16% girls)
Local Authority Wolverhampton
Percentage Free School Meals 33%
Percentage English is Not First Language 30%
Persisitent Absence 9%
Pupils with SEN Support 1.7%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Tettenhall Wood School caters for pupils with severe/complex learning difficulties, the majority of whom also have a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Conditions. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs. The largest proportions of pupils come from Asian, Black and Mixed minority ethnic groups. White British pupils make up just less than half of the pupils in school. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well above average. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives the pupil premium, which is additional government funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals or who are looked after by the local authority, is above average. The school makes use of work and vocational opportunities at Wolverhampton College, Wolverhampton, Tettenhall School, Tettenhall and Kings School, Tettenhall. The school provides support for a number of schools, parents and other agencies in relation to pupils with complex needs.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Tettenhall Wood has undergone a transformation since its previous inspection. The senior leadership team has been restructured and strengthened and a large number of new staff have been appointed. Achievement is good as all pupils make good progress from very low starting points. Pupils make good progress in their personal, social and behavioural development. Progress in pupils’ language and communication skills is good. The senior leadership team has worked hard with the local authority to improve teaching to consistently good. Aspects of outstanding teaching are steadily increasing. Pupils have a positive attitude to learning and behaviour across the school is good. Pupils enjoy their learning and gain confidence and self-esteem in all they do. Parents rightly feel this is a good school and that pupils’ behaviour is good. The work the school does to keep the pupils safe and secure is good. The staff, pupils and parents all feel it is a safe place to learn and work. The sixth form is good. The school has widened the range of subjects taught and qualifications the pupils can achieve. Work and vocational opportunities provide further support in developing the pupils for their next stage in life. It is not yet an outstanding school because : A few teachers are still planning tasks for pupils to complete rather than focusing sufficiently on what they intend for them to learn. Teaching skills in mathematics are not yet as strong as in other subjects.