|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Requires improvement|
|Inspection Date||14 November 2018|
|Address||King George Crescent, Rushall, Walsall, West Midlands, WS4 1EG|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||65 (89% boys 11% girls)|
|Percentage Free School Meals||52.3%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||4.6%|
Information about this school
Elmwood School is a small special school for 11- to 16-year-old pupils. The number of pupils on roll has grown since the last inspection. The school uses two alternative provision providers, Alpha Hair and the Walsall Education Skills Centre. The majority of pupils are White British. The largest other minority ethnic group is Black or Black British. All pupils have special educational needs and/or disabilities. All pupils have social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Some pupils have additional needs and over a third of pupils currently have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged is over twice the national average.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a school that requires improvement Governors have put in place an interim senior leadership structure since the start of this academic year. However, leaders have a reduced capacity to work strategically and to hold other staff to account for pupils’ learning. Middle leaders do not have the necessary opportunities to check on the quality of teaching and develop further improvements. Leaders do not have good enough systems in place to enable them to analyse patterns and trends. This prevents them from prioritising areas for improvement in a timely manner. Work set for the most able pupils lacks suitable challenge. As a result, some pupils do not make the progress of which they are capable. Some teachers do not take sufficient account of pupils’ prior learning at the start of lessons. This leaves too little time for pupils to learn in greater depth. The school’s assessment policy is not consistently applied by staff. As result, some pupils do not receive appropriate feedback to develop their understanding and learn from their mistakes. Governors recognise that information presented by school leaders does not always allow them to question and challenge effectively. They have commissioned an independent review to improve this aspect of their work. The school has the following strengths Staff use very effective strategies to engage pupils in their learning. As a consequence, pupils study a range of qualifications at entry level and GCSE and the vast majority achieve or exceed their targets in English and mathematics. Pupils are not concerned about bullying. They feel safe and know who to talk to if they have a problem. This view is supported by parents and staff. Elmwood School has created a calm and purposeful learning environment. Pupils are well behaved, respectful and polite. The relationships between pupils and staff are excellent. The pastoral support and welfare of pupils is a high priority. One hundred per cent of pupils consistently continue in education, employment or training when they leave Elmwood School.