Doubletrees School

Name Doubletrees School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 17 September 2013
Address St Blazey Gate, St Blazey, Par, Cornwall, PL24 2DS
Phone Number 01726812757
Type Academy (special)
Age Range 2-19
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 92 (71% boys 29% girls)
Academy Sponsor Special Partnership Trust
Local Authority Cornwall
Percentage Free School Meals 29.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.3%

Information about this school

This is a special school. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs. They have severe and profound and multiple learning difficulties. A third of pupils have autistic spectrum conditions and many have additional and complex needs associated with physical disabilities and medical conditions. There is a much higher-than-average proportion of pupils in receipt of free school meals and those looked after by the local authority, among others. All these groups are in receipt of the pupil premium. The proportion of pupils arriving and leaving at times that would not normally be expected is high. Inspectors were aware during this inspection that serious allegations of a child protection nature were being investigated by the appropriate authorities. Whilst Ofsted does not have the power to investigate allegations of this kind, actions taken by the setting in response to the allegation were considered (where appropriate), alongside the other evidence available at the time of the inspection to inform inspectors’ judgements. There are two residential hostels on the school site run by social care and subject to separate inspections. ‘Doubletrees Hostel’ provides short break care; ‘Pathways’ provides longer term care for children in crisis.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Parents comment that they cannot speak highly enough of the support that the school provides for their children. It is true to its vision of aspiration, confidence and independence. All pupils, those who are disabled, have special educational needs, complex medical and autistic spectrum conditions and those for whom the pupil premium provides support, make good progress from a wide range of starting points. Teachers have high expectations of what pupils can achieve and plan creatively. The team work in each class between all adults means that learning is very effective throughout the school day. The staff establish creative solutions to enable all pupils to participate fully in school activities including the school choir and school council. Equality of opportunity is at the heart of all they do. Pupils are enthusiastic about school and enjoy learning so that this contributes to excellent behaviour in almost all lessons. They have good opportunities to develop their social skills and support each other with learning. Leaders and managers, including the governing body, have demonstrated that they have capacity for further improvement by carrying out all the recommendations for improvement from the previous inspection. As a result, pupils’ progress has improved. Pupils have good opportunities for performance and to be involved in activities in the wider community. The sixth form is good, providing opportunities for pupils to develop their basic reading, writing, mathematics, personal, social and life skills and make good progress. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not enough outstanding teaching to accelerate progress in every lesson because : staff do not always have sufficiently clear high expectations of each pupil’s individual learning. Leaders and managers have not yet made sure that the curriculum for older pupils provides sufficient opportunities for work- based learning and the development of their skills.