Adelaide School


Name Adelaide School
Website http://www.adelaideschool.net
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 30 January 2018
Address Adelaide Street, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 3DT
Phone Number 01270685151
Type Academy (special)
Age Range 9-18
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 82 (95% boys 5% girls)
Academy Sponsor The Adelaide Academy Trust
Percentage Free School Meals 42.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.2%

Information about this school

Every pupil who attends Adelaide School has an education, health and care plan, designating social, emotional and mental health as their primary need. A significant proportion of the pupils have additional needs including autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The Adelaide School is the lead school in the Adelaide Trust, which currently comprises three schools. There are 85 pupils on the school’s roll, which includes 51 at the Adelaide School site in Crewe, eight pupils at the Adelaide Hub, Knutsford, and 26 pupils who access the Adelaide Link. The school has provision for pupils at key stages 2, 3 and 4. The school also has post-16 provision. However, there are currently no pupils on roll in the sixth form.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Pupils love attending the Adelaide School. They are proud of their school and have been inspired to engage with their learning because : of extremely high-quality teaching and the outstanding care and commitment of the staff. Pupils of all ages make outstanding progress from their starting points. They achieve a wide range of qualifications by the time they leave school. All pupils progress onto further education, employment or training. The curriculum is well designed to meet the range of abilities, ages and learning styles of the pupils across the school. Pupils enjoy the breadth of subjects on offer and progress well in all areas. The curriculum prepares pupils well for life in modern Britain. School leaders at all levels have an accurate understanding of the strengths and areas for improvement within the school. They are highly aspirational for their pupils and are relentless in their pursuit of the best outcomes for pupils. School leaders, governors and trustees ensure that the vision of the school to educate pupils in a ‘caring, happy environment’ permeates every aspect of school life. The headteacher leads a skilled and committed staff team with professionalism and compassion. She nurtures leadership skills in others and enables all her colleagues to play an active role in the development of the school. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent. Governors are highly effective. They support and challenge leaders to secure the highest standard of education. They are dedicated, perceptive and highly skilled. Teaching is exceptional. Staff benefit from high-quality opportunities for ongoing training. Consequently, they are knowledgeable, skilled and highly effective in their practice. Leaders have recently introduced a new assessment system. Leaders are supporting teachers so that they use this information effectively to challenge pupils to make even more rapid progress. There is a clear-sighted strategy for building leadership capacity across the school. Leaders and teachers at the Adelaide School regularly offer their support and expertise to other schools in the local area and across the Adelaide Trust. First-rate behaviour support strategies ensure rapid and sustained improvements in pupils’ ability to regulate their own behaviour and achieve high levels of attendance, including in the Adelaide Hub and Adelaide Link. Pupils are inspirational. They overcome complex barriers to their learning with courage and resilience. They thrive in a supportive and caring learning community which nurtures their personal development and welfare. Parents and carers praise the school wholeheartedly. They describe how the school listens to them, and works with them, to improve the lives of their children.