Bedelsford School


Name Bedelsford School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 25 September 2012
Address Grange Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 2QZ
Phone Number 02085469838
Type Academy (special)
Age Range 2-19
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 114 (58% boys 42% girls)
Academy Sponsor Orchard Hill College Academy Trust
Local Authority Kingston upon Thames
Percentage Free School Meals 31.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 26.3%

Information about this school

Bedelsford is a small special school that caters for pupils who have profound and multiple learning difficulties and pupils who have significant physical difficulties. Some pupils have complex health needs, requiring nursing oversight and the routine administration of medication. Pupils come from a wide geographical area and less than half live in the local authority area. Almost all pupils qualify for home/school transport. Many pupils come from minority ethnic backgrounds and for around one in three, English is not their home language. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs. Around half the pupils are unable to engage in verbal communication and use signs, symbols, pictures and technology to communicate. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is high. The school has recently had a new headteacher.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Pupils make outstanding progress in relation to their starting points and abilities. They enjoy learning and have very productive relationships with the adults they work with. All teaching is at least good and the majority is outstanding. Learning is promoted extremely well by teachers’ and other adults’ high levels of skill, knowledge and commitment. Close attention is given to pupils’ individual needs, and accurate assessment and high quality care underpin pupils’ excellent learning and development. Behaviour in lessons and around the school is generally good and often outstanding so that there is a calm and orderly atmosphere for learning throughout the school. Pupils say that they feel safe and the school has effective arrangements for ensuring pupils are safe and are able to recognise unsafe situations they might encounter and act accordingly. Leaders and managers at all levels share an ambitious vision that results in outstanding achievement and promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development strongly. Accurate and timely monitoring and self-evaluation, combined with rigorous management of performance, are driving continuous improvement.