Haskel School

Name Haskel School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 05 December 2017
Address 53 Bewick Road, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE8 4DR
Phone Number 01914772998
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 5-19
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Gateshead
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Haskel School is an independent Jewish special school situated in Bensham, Gateshead. Haskel School provides specialist provision for boys and girls aged five to 19 years with a wide range of special education needs and/or disabilities including speech, language and communication needs and specific learning difficulties. All pupils have an education, health and care plan. The school was last inspected in November 2014 when its overall effectiveness was judged to be outstanding. It moved to its current premises in 2015 following a material change application. The school name translates to ‘Helping And Supporting Kids to Excel in Life’. The school aims ‘to provide education for children whose special educational needs cannot be met in a mainstream school, so that they can blossom into self-motivated productive members of British society in which their academic and social potential is developed’. The school provides support to other independent schools in the area. Pupils from Haskel School also spend time in other independent schools in the area. The school does not currently have a website. A new governing body is in the process of being formed and had its first formal meeting in October 2017.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Pupils are exceptionally well behaved and leaders ensure that their personal development is outstanding. Teachers help pupils learn extremely well. They are calm and communicate well so that pupils can understand what is expected of them. The needs of older pupils are met exceptionally well as adults have high expectations of them. The governing body is very new and the members have a clear idea of their roles and responsibilities. Teachers very carefully follow pupils’ progress, both emotionally and academically. The headteacher is developing a suitable way of reporting this information, and the effectiveness of the provision, to the new governing body. Learning in science is strong. Pupils are excited and engaged in this subject. Leaders have ensured that weaknesses in performance management identified at the last inspection have been dealt with well and this is now a strength of the school. Leaders ensure that pupils’ emotional needs are well met through the very regular intervention of specialist therapists. Pupils make outstanding progress across a range of subjects. Leaders go to great lengths to ensure that these pupils are safe and that all adults know what to do if they have any concerns. Senior leaders have ensured that through continuous review the independent school standards are consistently met Pupils learn about the world they live in through visits and visitors. Planning for this aspect of their learning and development could be improved. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.