The Loyne Specialist School

Name The Loyne Specialist School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 24 June 2014
Address Sefton Drive, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 2QD
Phone Number 0152464543
Type Special
Age Range 2-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Lancashire
Percentage Free School Meals 32.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Most pupils have severe, profound, multiple and complex learning difficulties. A few have life-limiting or deteriorating medical conditions. All have a statement of special educational needs. There is a trend for more and more pupils to be admitted with an increasingly complex degree of need. There is a rapidly increasing proportion of pupils with autism. Many need personal care in all situations. Nearly all pupils are White British. A higher than average proportion of pupils is known to be eligible for the pupil premium (extra funding provided by the government for students known to be eligible for free school meals or looked-after children). There are currently seven looked-after children. About three fifths of the pupils are boys. Sixth-form pupils often attend other places away from school that offer education and training. The main one of these is Lancaster and Morecambe College. Others are More Music, DT3 (Dukes Theatre), Beaumont College and Wennington Hall. Employment links are with the Lancashire Business Partnership, the Red Cross, Morecambe Library, Leighton Moss, Supported Employment Services and Transition Services. The school has Teaching School status. Many staff speak at local and occasionally national conferences. Staff from the school support 26 different mainstream and special schools through the ‘Loyne Alliance’.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. For many years the school has been recognised as a centre of excellence by the local authority, the community and Ofsted. It has worked relentlessly to build on this reputation and keep giving its pupils the best possible opportunities for success. Nearly all parents think very highly of this school and the way it helps and inspires their children. Staff are proud to work here and pupils love attending. In this school, when pupils are asked for their opinions they respond by asking for fewer holidays. Pupils achieve outstandingly well. Every tiny step of progress is perceptively noted, recorded and sent to hugely grateful parents. Teaching is outstanding. It nearly always fires up pupils’ thirst for learning and helps them to do their best. A particular strength of teaching is the way that teaching assistants are so successfully deployed to help pupils in their learning and behaviour. Pupils behave wonderfully well. They are cheerful. They help and support each other with compassion and try as well as they can to learn as much as possible. Pupils feel exceptionally safe and well looked after and for good reason. They are given a huge amount of excellent advice about how to look after themselves and who to go to if they are worried about anything. The sixth form is outstanding. Pupils are exceptionally well prepared for moving on with greater independence and the chance to make decisions for themselves. Leaders, managers and governors ensure that teaching and achievement are first rate and are determined to make the school even better. They are particularly good at helping promising inexperienced teachers. Many schools in the area are extremely appreciative of the help they are given for supporting pupils with special educational needs in their own school.