Beatrice Tate School

Name Beatrice Tate School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 22 November 2011
Address 41 Southern Grove, Mile End, London, E3 4PX
Phone Number 02089833760
Type Special
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Tower Hamlets
Percentage Free School Meals 45.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 4.3%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

Beatrice Tate provides education for students who have a statement of special educational needs related to severe (SLD) or profound and multiple (PMLD) learning difficulties. An increasing number have medical needs and the number with PMLD is increasing year on year. A small number have degenerative conditions and only a very small minority communicate orally. Nearly half the students are of Bangladeshi origin, and the rest are from a wide range of other backgrounds. The main features of the school population are related to their special educational needs and /or disabilities rather than to ethnicity, gender or economic circumstances. The majority of students live within Tower Hamlets but some travel from other London boroughs. About one third of the students are based in the sixth form. The school has gained, among other awards, the Sportsmark. It is due to move to a new site in 2013.

Main findings

Beatrice Tate provides outstanding education for its students. This is based on extremely effective care, guidance and support provided by all staff that ensure students make exemplary progress in developing both their personal and subject skills. In recent years, the nature and complexity of students’ needs have increased significantly but the school has maintained the very highest quality of provision seen during the previous inspection. The school has excellent systems for behaviour management, which are operated consistently by all staff and very carefully monitored. As a result, behaviour around the school and in classrooms is outstanding. A very large majority of students have severe medical needs and it is a tribute to the highly effective systems for promoting attendance and encouraging punctuality that both are good. Students contribute very well to the school and the wider community, and indicate that they feel totally safe and secure because : safeguarding procedures are exemplary. The school’s links with parents and carers are outstanding, and include, for example, very regular meetings with them and home visits when necessary. The school has invested considerable time and effort in developing its provision since the previous inspection so that the curriculum is excellent. It has been overhauled radically and continues to be adjusted so that it fully matches the changing needs of all the students. This is particularly so in the sixth form. The extremely wide range of out-of-school activities is very highly valued by students and participation rates are high. The opportunities for physical activities are particularly effective in helping students to adopt a healthy lifestyle, and several explained how they have become much more health conscious. This is reflected in the Sportsmark and Healthy Schools status. Teaching and learning are outstanding and in all areas of the school’s provision examples of exemplary practice were seen. Teachers and support staff establish excellent relationships with the students and they provide extremely high quality guidance and support for their personal development. In lessons, the plenary sessions are particularly effective in enabling students to review their performance and develop their confidence and self-esteem. The school’s systems for tracking students’ progress and for setting challenging targets are now highly effective and staff use this information particularly well to address individual students’ needs. Leaders at all levels ensure that the school’s vision is pursued with vigour and determination. This is supported by accurate self-evaluation and extremely effective teamwork across the teaching, support and administrative staff, which underpins the school’s continuing development. Since the previous inspection, the governing body has refined its skills and has improved its systems and procedures, for example with regard to holding school leaders to account. However, recent changes in personnel are yet to have their full impact on ensuring that information about students is used to best effect, to compare the school’s performance with that of other similar schools nationally. The school’s work in partnership with other professionals to meet students’ needs and promote their well-being is outstanding, and is a highly significant factor in helping students to overcome barriers to learning. Actions to improve teaching, the curriculum and the outcomes for students have been extremely effective during a period when the complexity of students’ needs has increased significantly, and shows that the school’s capacity for further sustained improvement is outstanding.