Chatsworth High School and Community College


Name Chatsworth High School and Community College
Website http://www.chatsworth.salford.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 11 September 2019
Address Chatsworth Road, Eccles, Salford, Greater Manchester, M30 9DY
Phone Number 01619211405
Type Academy (special)
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Academy Sponsor Chatsworth Multi Academy Trust
Local Authority Salford
Percentage Free School Meals 46.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 16.9%

Outcome

Chatsworth High School and Community College continues to be an outstanding school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Chatsworth High School and Community College is a very happy place to be. Pupils come to school with smiles on their faces, ready to learn. Staff welcome pupils into exciting and engaging classrooms.

Adults are excellent at making sure that every pupil achieves all that they can. For example, they help pupils to learn to communicate very well. Teachers plan activities that are just right for each individual pupil. Pupils say that they love their lessons and add, ‘Activities are often fun and exciting.’ Adults give pupils adequate space to express their needs and feelings.

Pupils behave extremely well in school. Adults effectively support pupils who struggle to control their own behaviour. They do this with great expertise. Bullying is unheard of in the school. Pupils said that if it did happen, adults would sort it out straight away.

Pupils told me that they feel very safe because adults know them well, look after them and are always there to help.

The school is fantastic at involving all pupils in lots of fun activities in and out of school. All pupils take part in planning, organising and running an annual music festival. Pupils enjoy and take part in many extra-curricular activities.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders have thought very carefully about what pupils should learn. They have high expectations about the skills, knowledge and understanding that pupils need to help them to be successful in their future adult life. Leaders work with staff, governors, parents, carers and pupils to create an excellent curriculum.

A wide range of subjects are taught at the school. These include communication and language, personal, social and emotional development and the creative arts. Staff teach these subjects to all pupils, whatever their ability. Teachers meet the range of pupils’ needs extremely well, and pupils achieve their best.

We saw that teachers and support staff know each pupil in detail. They know precisely what to teach. Teachers plan interesting activities for each individual pupil. Adults skilfully help pupils in exactly the right way. Sometimes they show pupils what to do and encourage them to copy. Other pupils are encouraged to think and try out their skills and knowledge for themselves. For example, adults might show a pupil how they can say ‘yes’ and ‘no’ using picture symbols. Other pupils might write a short sentence on their own, using capital letters and full stops. We heard pupils say how much they enjoy school and the activities that they do. They are keen to join in. If a pupil struggles with their behaviour, adults are quick to calm them, so that they do not spoil the lesson or upset other pupils.

Many pupils at the school find learning difficult and struggle to remember information. We saw that adults are very skilful at helping pupils to overcome this. They get pupils to practise their skills many times and in many different ways. For example, a pupil might use the word ‘stop’ and ‘more’ when counting, when choosing a biscuit at breaktime or when walking down the corridor to go to lunch. Staff give pupils who are able lots of practice at reading.

Pupils have excellent opportunities to enjoy a wide range of extra activities at school. For example, they learn to be healthy by getting involved in sport, team-building activities, mindfulness and cooking healthy meals. Each year, the whole school is involved in its own music festival, ‘Chatsfest’. Pupils have fun at workshops. This year, activities included making bandanas, graffiti art, Bollywood dancing and even learning to play the didgeridoo.

Staff in the sixth form help students to feel more independent. Students can choose to wear their own clothes instead of the school uniform. They achieve qualifications for their future, particularly in number, writing and reading. All students go on to further education. Teachers support students to learn skills and knowledge that will help them to be independent in the community or at work. For example, adults teach students to travel independently on the bus. All students, whatever their ability, are involved in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. They work together to organise events, many take a leading role.

Leaders are sensitive to the amount of work that staff do. Staff feel that leaders listen to them. They appreciate the importance that leaders give to their well-being.

Leaders have worked hard to improve how they share information with parents. They have successfully changed the way that they tell them about how well their child is doing at school.

Safeguarding

The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.Safeguarding is a strength. The safeguarding and protection of pupils is extremely important to adults in the school. Staff are exceptional at caring for very vulnerable pupils and take their responsibility very seriously. Leaders make sure that all the school policies and procedures are clear and that all staff know them in detail. Adults make sure that pupils and their families are well looked after and supported.

Background

When we have judged a special school to be outstanding, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains outstanding. This is called a section 8 inspection of a good school or non-exempt outstanding school. We do not give graded judgements on a section 8 inspection. However, if we find some evidence that standards may be declining, then the next inspection will be a section 5 inspection. Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the section 8 inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will convert the section 8 inspection to a section 5 inspection immediately.

This is the first section 8 inspection since we judged the predecessor school, also called Chatsworth High School and Community College, to be outstanding on 1 October 2013.