The Brook Special Primary School

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About The Brook Special Primary School

Name The Brook Special Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Ms Maureen Duncan
Address Adams Road, Tottenham, London, N17 6HW
Phone Number 02088087120
Phase Special
Type Community special school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 128
Local Authority Haringey
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

As pupils arrive at the school, staff greet them with a smile and warm welcome. Throughout the day, staff foster a culture of positivity.

They speak gently and kindly to pupils and give them continuous encouragement. They celebrate with pupils every success, be that in communicating, learning or in behaviour. This makes for an incredibly happy and purposeful environment.

It enables pupils to thrive and feel safe.

The school is determined to ensure that every pupil achieves their best. There is in-depth and aspirational curriculum thinking across the subjects.

Staff also have a deep understanding of each pupil's needs. Working hand in hand with therap...ists, staff make bespoke adaptations to resources and their teaching of the curriculum. This enables pupils to succeed extremely well in their learning and be well supported in their personal development.

The school sets clear routines and expectations for behaviour from the moment children arrive in Reception. Across the school, staff consistently support and encourage pupils to act sensibly. As a result, pupils behave extremely well.

When, on occasion, a pupil becomes anxious or upset, expert staff quickly step in to help the pupil calm down.

The school provides pupils with an extensive range of high-quality enrichment activities to promote their personal development. These are in addition to every class going on a weekly educational outing to augment their current learning.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The school has a passion for wanting all pupils to succeed. Over the past few years, the school has worked rigorously to review and develop the curriculum. This has resulted in an extremely ambitious and rich curriculum offer.

In all subjects, the school has broken down knowledge into small, well-sequenced chunks. Within that, leaders and staff have further considered the differing needs and prior learning of pupils. This means that appropriate teaching activities, tailored for pupils on bespoke pathways, are identified and put into practice with precision.

For example, those pupils who need it receive carefully chosen sensory input to help them grasp new knowledge. Each pupil's pathway in a subject is ambitious and responsive to them as an individual, with the school taking the approach that 'one size does not fit all'.

The school has produced bespoke assessment approaches across the subjects and year groups.

These enable teachers and leaders to keep a close eye on pupils' learning. Teachers use the information to inform teaching and for providing extra support to pupils as needed. Staff benefit from regular training across the subjects and for early years education.

This gives them the subject and teaching expertise they need to teach very effectively. Collaborative work with therapists ensures that pupils get the range of expert support they need to succeed.

The school prioritises the teaching of communication and, as appropriate, reading.

Staff use a wide range of communication tools and strategies consistently and effectively. This ensures that all pupils are included in learning and other activities. Staff read well-chosen books and stories to pupils several times a day.

The entire school staff are trained in the school's phonics programme. Early years staff have also developed a structured programme for children who need more support in being ready to learn phonics. This approach is highly successful, and has been disseminated to other special schools.

Pupils on the phonics programme learn to read successfully. Over time, they become confident and fluent readers.

With the careful nurturing they receive on arrival, children in Reception are taught how to socialise.

They learn to share and take turns. This work continues across the school. Pupils develop an understanding of how to interact well with other people.

The school works with persistence to encourage regular attendance. Leaders find solutions to any barriers pupils face, for instance by helping families get their children to and from school.

The school's work to support pupils' personal development is highly commendable.

All pupils swim every week. From early years onwards, visits in the community are designed to develop pupils' independent living skills. For example, staff take pupils to a market to learn to buy ingredients which they then use in cooking classes.

An extensive range of people visit the school to enrich pupils' experiences. Examples include a music company who took pupils on an imaginary trip around the world. They played music and sang songs from diverse cultures and countries.

This activity linked to the geography subject content that pupils were learning at the time. A charitable organisation delivers a programme introducing pupils to the world of work. Pupils with a talent or interest in art have their work exhibited in a local gallery.

The school's choir joins others in performing at the Royal Albert Hall. Clubs offered during all school holidays have an extremely high uptake.

The school works very closely with parents and carers.

Staff are always on hand to support parents. They offer parents workshops on a range of topics. For example, each year, early years staff deliver a seven-week programme on understanding and supporting children with autism spectrum disorder.

Governors bring a high level of expertise and much experience to their roles. They collaborate closely with leaders to support and assure the quality of the school's work. School leaders make an extraordinarily strong contribution to supporting other local schools.

Staff very much appreciate the streamlining of their work practices and the care that leaders show for their well-being. Morale is remarkably high.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

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