Dove House School

Name Dove House School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 20 May 2015
Address Sutton Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 5SU
Phone Number 01256351555
Type Academy (special)
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 209 (72% boys 28% girls)
Percentage Free School Meals 26.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1%

Information about this school

Dove House is a secondary school for students with learning difficulties, many of whom have autism and other associated conditions. The school converted to an academy school in November 2011. When Ofsted last inspected its predecessor school, of the same name, it was judged outstanding. An above average proportion of students are supported by additional funding known as the pupil premium. This is additional government funding for those known to be eligible for free school meals or who are looked after by the local authority. The school does not use any alternative providers. The school does not enter students for early entry examinations.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Dove House School is a high performing school where students achieve exceptionally well academically and vocationally. Students’ achievement is outstanding. By the time they leave school, they gain a wide range of appropriate nationally recognised qualifications. Teaching is lively and motivates students very well. Lessons proceed with pace and students respond well to teachers’ high expectations. The behaviour and safety of students are outstanding. Students enjoy learning greatly and have extremely positive attitudes in lessons, contributing to their outstanding progress. Students are polite, courteous and welcoming to visitors. They show great respect to each other, staff and property. Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted very well through sport, music and performing arts. Work placements are well organised to provide employment opportunities for students and to prepare them well for life after school. The headteacher, senior leaders and governors ensure an excellent learning environment where students flourish, gain confidence and achieve outstandingly well. They ensure the best possible provision is possible by pressing for continual improvements. Parents and staff are proud of the school and hold it in high regard. Leaders gather detailed and accurate information about students’ achievement and progress. However, this is not always presented in an easily understandable and useful format for governors and other interested parties. The school works hard to ensure students are successful in attending college courses when they leave school. However, it has identified that some lower-attaining students do not always have access to suitable options.