Vale of Evesham School

Name Vale of Evesham School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Four Pools Lane, Evesham, WR11 1BN
Phone Number 01386 443367
Type Special
Age Range 2-19
Religious Character Not applicable
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 160
Local Authority Worcestershire
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
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Information about this school

This school makes provision for pupils with moderate learning difficulties, severe learning difficulties, profound and multiple learning difficulties and autistic spectrum disorder. In addition some pupils have hearing impairment, visual impairment and complex medical needs. There has been an increase in the proportion of pupils with autistic spectrum disorder since the previous inspection. There is a Specialist Early Years Assessment Resource used for assessment. As a result, a proportion of children are assessed and then moved to other settings, some to mainstream schools with specialist provision, others to the most suitable special school. Some children continue their education at this school. The school has specialist status: ‘a specialist school for cognition and learning – enabling inclusion in the community’. All, except for about two thirds of the children in the Early Years Foundation Stage who are undergoing assessment, have a statement of special educational needs. There is residential provision for up to 16 pupils with autistic spectrum disorder. This was not inspected as part of this inspection, but it is regularly inspected. Most pupils are White British and those from families where English is spoken as an additional language are below average. These pupils are represented across all the disability and special educational needs groups in the school. An above-average proportion of pupils are known to be eligible for pupil premium funding, which is extra government funding for pupils who may be at a financial disadvantage such as those known to be eligible for free school meals. The school makes use of alternative colleges and locations to provide education for its pupils. Key Stage 4 pupils and sixth formers attend Pershore College to follow highly personalised courses. The numbers vary very considerably from year-to-year, reflecting the vocational subjects chosen by students. Vale of Evesham School provides outreach support to mainstream schools throughout Evesham and further afield through three different projects. This includes working in partnership with a children’s centre and portage to support Early Years settings across South Worcestershire. The school has a wide range of awards including Healthy Schools Award, Eco School Award and Investors in People. This school converts to an Academy on 1st April 2013.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Pupils make outstanding progress in English and mathematics because each pupil is challenged to meet her or his full potential. Pupils develop important life skills such as learning to travel independently. Some read a bus timetable; get on the correct bus; pay for their journey; and travel safely to their planned destination. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage make rapid gains in communication using signs, pictures and words. The school is exceptionally skilful in enabling pupils with autistic spectrum disorder to be successful because it equips them to communicate effectively. Sixth-form students gain excellent work-related skills alongside valuable qualifications, including good GCSE passes. All go to college or get jobs when they leave school. Teaching is inspirational. Teachers plan creatively to ensure work is closely tailored to each pupil’s capabilities. They provide just the right level of challenge to help pupils to move onto their next step in learning. Pupils intimate care and complex medical needs are met exceptionally well. Behaviour is outstanding. Pupils care for each other and are incredibly sensitive towards one another. Their understanding of how to assess risks and keep safe is outstanding. All leaders, including the governing body, are highly effective in helping pupils to achieve success, both academically and socially. Meticulous and thorough checking of teaching and extensive ongoing training of teachers contributes to constant improvements for all pupils. The school very successfully delivers a wide range of innovative methods tailored to meet the disability and special educational needs of all the pupils. The school provides outstanding support for pupils with special educational needs in mainstream schools throughout South Worcestershire.