Devon Hospitals’ Short Stay School


Name Devon Hospitals’ Short Stay School
Website http://www.devonhospitalschool.org.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 25 September 2012
Address Schoolrooms, Bramble Unit, RD&E Hospital, Barrack Road, Exeter, Devon
Phone Number 01392402675
Type Pupil Referral Unit
Age Range 5-16
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils unknown

Information about this school

The school has bases in two hospitals. The main provision is at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in Exeter, the other base being in the North Devon District Hospital at Barnstaple. Education is provided throughout the academic year at both sites. All pupils who attend on a recurring basis have a chronic medical condition,are disabled or have special educational needs that are supported at school action plus or by a statement of special educational needs. Although only eight pupils were on roll at the time of the inspection, numbers change on a daily basis dependent on hospital admissions. Over the last academic year 568 in total were taught in the school. Numbers known to be eligible for the pupil premium fluctuate from day to day, as do the numbers of pupils from different ethnic backgrounds. However, a large majority of pupils over the year are of White British origin and few speak English as an additional language.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils engage positively in learning and achievement is good. Both those attending on a recurring basis and those attending for short stays make good progress. Teaching is good and engages pupils in learning. Teachers have good links with pupils’ home schools, supporting continuity in learning. Behaviour and safety are outstanding. Behaviour is excellent. supported by a bullying policy with a focus on cyber bullying and e-safety. Safety is of paramount importance and staff are well trained. The teacher in charge shows ambition and vision. A newly expanded age range is now provided for and there are plans for further expansion. Staff are committed to excellence and supported through effective professional development. This includes opportunities to observe best practice in mainstream schools. The management committee and the local authority provide strong support. Issues raised at the last inspection have been addressed effectively and the school has continued to improve in relation to the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Systems for recording the progress made by pupils with complex needs do not yet capture in sufficient detail the small steps made in their learning. The outdoor curriculum for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage is narrow. The information and communication technology network does not provide effectively for the needs of pupils and staff. There is an unequal distribution of technology resources across the bases.