This is an outstanding school Leaders, including directors, have addressed in full the weaknesses identified at the last inspection.
Leaders took immediate action to make sure that pupils' behaviour and safety are consistently well managed with respect and dignity. Directors now play a full part in the strategic direction of the school. Leaders have strengthened the culture of safeguarding.
The physical and mental well-being of pupils is now at the heart of everyone's work. Safeguarding is the top priority for leaders and staff at Whitefield Schools, where pupils are kept safe. Leaders and staff have rigorously implemented a new behaviour policy, securing an a...nalytical approach to managing pupils' behaviour positively.
Leaders have ensured that all adults have the right skills to respond to incidents of challenging behaviour. Key personnel, trained as coaches, provide highly effective support and guidance for colleagues. As a result, pupils behave exceptionally well for most of the time.
Excellent training and development have been the main drivers for securing outstanding teaching and boosting leadership capacity at all levels. Teaching is highly responsive to pupils' needs and abilities. The stimulating curriculum is tailored to inspire pupils to achieve their best.
This prepares pupils extremely well for adult life so that they are able to make a positive contribution in society. New systems to monitor, record and evaluate pupils' progress and behaviour provide leaders and staff with a clear profile of pupils' capabilities and needs. However, behavioural targets are not measurable.
Leaders do not assess pupils' social and emotional development. Pupils' progress is checked regularly to make sure they are on track to achieve their challenging targets. Consequently, all groups of pupils across all key stages make outstanding progress in a range of subjects.
Children in the early years make impressive gains in their learning because teaching is outstanding, and leadership is exceptionally strong. Sixth-form provision is excellent. High expectations, together with innovative and personalised programmes, ensure that students achieve extremely well.
Information about this school
Whitefield Schools caters for pupils who have severe or complex special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities, and comprises three schools: – Margaret Brearley School for pupils aged three to 19 who have complex needs, including learning difficulties, physical impairment, sensory impairment and medical needs – Peter Turner Primary School for pupils aged three to 11 who have communication and interaction difficulties, including autism – Niels Chapman Secondary School for pupils aged 11 to 19 who have communication and interaction difficulties, including autism. The school also delivers some parts of its 16 to 19 programme at Waltham Forest FE College and hospitals, which are part of the Barts Health NHS Trust. Since September 2017, the Waltham Forest FE College programme is shared with Joseph Clarke, a school for children who have visual impairment and complex needs, which is part of the Whitefield Academy Trust.
The trust offers an outreach service and a research and development centre to other providers. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan. A small proportion of pupils are children looked after.
One in two pupils are eligible for the pupil premium funding, which is well above the national average. Almost one in two pupils are from 15 of the 17 minority ethnic groups, the largest pupil groups are Black African, Pakistani and Black Caribbean. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is also well above the national average.
The school does not make use of any other alternative provision. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school complies with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish.
During this inspection, inspectors were aware that an allegation of a child protection nature was being investigated by the appropriate authorities. Ofsted does not have the power to investigate allegations of this nature. However, actions taken by the school in response to the allegations were considered alongside the other evidence available at the time of the inspection to inform inspectors' judgements.