Gibside School

Name Gibside School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 03 October 2012
Address Burnthouse Lane, Whickham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE16 5AT
Phone Number 01914410123
Type Special
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 162 (71% boys 29% girls)
Local Authority Gateshead
Percentage Free School Meals 39.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8%
Persisitent Absence 21.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 0.6%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school meets the needs of pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties. It also meets the needs of pupils with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) and children with severe learning difficulties as well as those with other complex communication and medical needs. Approximately half the pupils on roll are known to be eligible for the pupil premium. This is a significantly larger proportion than the national average. Since the last inspection, the school has further developed its Early Years Foundation Stage provision and currently five nursery-age children attend. The vast majority of pupils are of White British origin and almost twice as many boys attend as girls. An after-school club, which is not run by the school’s governing body, uses the school premises to care for pupils at the end of the school day.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. The exceptional leadership skills of the headteacher and deputy headteacher have moved the school forward significantly since the last inspection. The highly motivated and skilled governing body offer school leaders an outstanding level of support and challenge. As a result, the school has an excellent capacity for continuous improvement. Pupils enter the school with knowledge and skills well below those expected for their age. They quickly settle into the routines of the school and begin to develop the skills required for learning. As a result, they achieve exceptionally well from very low starting points. Teaching is outstanding because teachers are exceptionally skilled at meeting the needs of all pupils. In lessons, learning is made fun and exciting. This engages pupils from the outset and ensures that they make maximum progress. Despite pupils’ very high level of need, the behaviour they display both inside and outside the classroom is excellent. This is because : pupils very much enjoy coming to school to learn and staff are exceptionally skilled at applying the positive behaviour policy. The safety and care of all pupils is at the centre of the school’s ethos. Through exceptional partnerships with healthcare staff, pupils’ care needs are delivered alongside the curriculum ensuring learning time is maximised.