Goldwyn School


Name Goldwyn School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 11 June 2014
Address Godinton Lane, Great Chart, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3BT
Phone Number 01233622958
Type Special
Age Range 10-16
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 138 (86% boys 14% girls)
Percentage Free School Meals 33.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

The school caters for secondary-age students who have autistic spectrum conditions, or behavioural, social or emotional needs. All have a statement of special educational needs. Almost all students are from a White British background, and the vast majority are boys. About 40% have joined the school later than the start of Year 7. The proportion of students for whom the school receives additional pupil premium government funding is above average. This is for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those in the care of the local authority. Additional funding is also received for a small number of Year 7 students to catch up in their English and mathematics. The school enters students early to sit French GCSE so that they are then able to take Spanish GSCE two years later. The school coordinates the work of an outreach team who provide a range of special educational needs support services to local mainstream and special schools. Goldwyn has a vocational centre on site which runs courses for its own students and about 60 students from mainstream schools. The school’s Global Dimensions programme links students and staff to other schools in Europe, Africa and Asia using funding from the British Council. The school achieved an Arts Award in 2012. To extend their learning opportunities, some students spend part of each week with the following alternative providers: The Brook, Baked Boutique, Seal of Approval, Catch 22 Charity, Write Trak, Cycle Circle and Challenger Troop.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. The senior leadership team work very closely together. They set very high standards in pursuit of the best possible outcomes for students. The headteacher is a highly regarded leader. This is both within the school and externally, for the work he does to the benefit of staff and students at Goldwyn and other schools. The staff team provide consistently high- quality personal support and teaching as a result of many years of dedicated hard work. This enables all students to make excellent progress. Most students make outstanding progress in English and mathematics. Due to recent developments, progress in English is now even better than in mathematics. Teaching is outstanding. Teachers have very good knowledge of what they are teaching. They plan their lessons extremely carefully to ensure that students are interested and engaged. Behaviour in lessons and during break times is outstanding. Soon after arriving at the school students learn that the school is a safe place where they can relax and enjoy learning. The school has highly effective procedures for keeping students safe. Staff work very closely with parents, carers and other agencies when they have any concerns. Students benefit greatly from the wide range of opportunities there are for learning. Most of these lead to formal qualifications. As well as academic subjects, the school provides excellent arts-based and work-related courses. There are also opportunities to learn about different cultures and countries. Governors are extremely knowledgeable about the work of the school. They have a good understanding of their responsibilities, and carry these out extremely well.