West Hill School


Name West Hill School
Website http://www.west-hill.surrey.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 01 April 2014
Address Kingston Road, Leatherhead, KT22 7PW
Phone Number 01372814714
Type Academy (special)
Age Range 3-16
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 110 (70% boys 30% girls)
Academy Sponsor Learning And Inspiration For Tomorrow Partnership
Local Authority Surrey
Percentage Free School Meals 37.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 13%
Persisitent Absence 11.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.2%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection:

Information about this school

This school caters for secondary-aged pupils from across Surrey who have moderate learning difficulties and/or who have a diagnosis of autism. A few have severe learning difficulties, visual or hearing impairments and/or physical disabilities Almost all students are of White British heritage and a few speak English as an additional language. There are far more boys on roll than girls. The proportion of pupils in this school supported by additional government funding, including those eligible for free school meals and those looked after by the local authority, is above average. The school receives additional funding for all Year 7 students to improve their literacy and numeracy skills. Key Stage 4 students attend East Surrey College each week to undertake work-related courses. Early entry examinations in GCSE mathematics are taken by a few of the most able students Provision also takes place at The Link, which is based at a local school. There were no students there attending this training during the inspection. The school provides outreach support for other local schools. This school is a Teaching School, providing and supporting the training of teachers new to the profession as well as to other teachers across Surrey.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The headteacher, ably supported by the deputy headteacher and governors, is highly ambitious for the students. The team shows this by the excellent way in which the members have maintained the outstanding achievement and personal development of students over a very long period of time. Excellent personal and academic opportunities ensure that this school turns students’ lives around. From often poor starts to their education, students are prepared extremely well for their futures. All groups of students achieve outstandingly well during their time at the school, gaining qualifications in English, mathematics, science art, religious education, vocational and functional skills and information and communication technology (ICT). Teaching is outstanding and regularly challenges students to work hard and do their very best. As a result, a high proportion makes excellent progress from their starting points. An innovative approach to the teaching of reading and, in particular, the sounds letters make ensures that students improve their reading and writing skills from the start. Behaviour by all groups is exemplary in and around the school. Students attend regularly and told inspectors that they enjoy school and feel very safe and secure. Parents overwhelmingly agree that their children are happy and safe. The rich range of subjects and topics makes a very positive contribution to students’ enjoyment of learning and their excellent progress. Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted extremely well. Leaders rigorously maintain the excellent teaching by providing high quality training and through their positive partnerships with the local authority and local schools. Governors have a wide range of skills to meet the needs of the school. They are fully involved in monitoring and provide excellent guidance and challenge to leaders. The governing body ensures that there is sufficient funding to support the performance of staff and to ensure that all students, including those who are eligible for additional funding, achieve equally as their peers.