Tiverton School

Name Tiverton School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Ashington Grove, Coventry, CV3 4DE
Phone Number 02476594954
Type Special
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 96 (69.8% boys 30.2% girls)
Local Authority Coventry
Percentage Free School Meals 28.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 47.2%
Persisitent Absence 26.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (27 September 2012)
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Information about this school

Tiverton School is a small maintained special school. Thirty-seven pupils have a statement of special educational needs, and one pupil attends school on an assessment place. Most pupils have severe learning difficulties, and a small proportion have profound and multiple learning difficulties. Most pupils have additional barriers to learning that effect their mobility, hearing, vision or communication. The school has an Early Years Foundation Stage, where there are currently 10 children. The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and for whom the school receives additional income (the pupil premium) is average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is above average, although their communication skills, in English or their home language, are at a very early stage of development.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The majority of pupils make good progress and learn well because staff have a good understanding of their needs and plan well for what they must learn next. There is a very positive climate for learning which means that all pupils are fully involved in lessons despite the wide range of disabilities and special educational needs. Teaching is good and there are some examples of outstanding teaching. Pupils behave well, both in lessons and around school. Teachers manage any occasional difficult behaviour effectively. Pupils feel safe and secure, and are exceptionally well supported by school staff, especially for their physical and medical needs. Pupils are provided with a wide range of experiences and the school effectively promotes their use of sign, writing and spoken language. There is an exceptional drive for improvement by all leaders, including the governing body. The headteacher’s determination to improve all aspects of the school has resulted in good improvement since the last inspection, especially in the ways pupils are taught. The school works very effectively with parents and external agencies such as those from social care. Parents have considerable confidence in the school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not yet enough outstanding teaching to enable more pupils to make exceptional progress. Teaching does not always enable pupils to know how well they are doing and what they need to do to improve. The school does not always evaluate pupils’ performance against the progress of pupils nationally.