Villa Real School

Name Villa Real School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 24 September 2014
Address Villa Real Road, Consett, County Durham, DH8 6BH
Phone Number 01207503651
Type Special
Age Range 2-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 90 (67% boys 33% girls)
Local Authority County Durham
Percentage Free School Meals 49.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.2%
Persisitent Absence 31.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Villa Real is an average-sized special school in county Durham. It provides for pupils aged 3 to 19 years. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs. The school provides for severe, profound, medical and complex learning difficulties or autistic spectrum disorder or cerebral palsy. The vast majority of pupils are boys of White British origin. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below the national average. More than half of the pupils are supported by pupil premium. This is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those children who are looked after by the local authority. In September 2013, the school appointed a new headteacher, following the retirement of the previous headteacher. The vacancy for assistant headteacher was also filled and the school’s business manager was added to complete the senior leadership team.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Villa Real is a good school. The new headteacher and her inspiring leadership, senior leaders and governors have improved many aspects of the school’s performance since the last inspection. From very low starting points, all groups of pupils, regardless of their backgrounds, make good progress. They often make outstanding progress in their communication skills. The most-able pupils become confident in working in the community on enterprise activities, leading to the good development of their communication and social skills. Teaching is good and has continued to improve since the last inspection. This is due to the school’s clear commitment towards specialist teaching, individualised therapy programmes and the high expectations the staff have for each individual pupil. The curriculum is good and has many opportunities to develop language and communication skills. The sixth form is good and students make good progress because the subjects they follow prepare them well for life after school and potential employment. Progress in the Early Years is good, due to the positive relationships which encourage children to communicate what they need and the strong focus on improving their physical mobility. Pupils’ behaviour is good and this is seen in their attitudes in lessons and whilst participating in activities around the school. Relationships with staff are excellent, due to the caring, encouraging environment. Safety is good and pupils say they feel safe and happy in a friendly school. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils is good. Pupils enjoy their daily assemblies and the many visits outside of school where they can socialise and experience new things. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Few opportunities exist in other subjects for pupils to develop and apply mathematics skills to improve their progress. Assessment in early years is not frequent or regular enough to show the small steps of progress to move learning forward.