John Grant School, Caister-on-Sea

Name John Grant School, Caister-on-Sea
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 31 October 2017
Address St George’s Drive, Caister-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 5QW
Phone Number 01493720158
Type Special
Age Range 4-19
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 143 (77% boys 23% girls)
Local Authority Norfolk
Percentage Free School Meals 46.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.4%
Catchment Area Information Available No, we only have catchment area data for schools in England

Information about this school

The school does not meet requirements on the publication of information on its website about the impact of pupil premium spending and how parents can complain about provision for their child’s SEN and/or disabilities. John Grant School caters for pupils who have complex disabilities and special educational needs relating to severe learning difficulties, profound and multiple learning difficulties and autistic spectrum disorder. All pupils have an education, health and care plan. The proportion of pupils who are eligible to receive the pupil premium grant is above average. Most pupils are of White British heritage and very few speak English as an additional language. Most Reception children attend an off-site provision hosted by a local charity and staffed by a teacher and co-eds who are employed by the school. The school has developed alternative provision for two learners. Both of these provisions were visited during the inspection. Since the previous inspection, the deputy headteacher has taken a secondment with the local authority and two new acting deputy headteachers have been appointed. The school is part of Trust Norfolk SEN in partnership with other Norfolk special schools. The school works in partnership with local primary schools, giving advice and support for pupils who have autistic spectrum disorder and other learning difficulties.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The headteacher and senior leaders constantly strive to improve outcomes for all pupils. As a result, almost all pupils make outstanding progress from their starting points because : their needs are constantly being evaluated and creatively met. All staff work together to make sure that every pupil receives the best possible education. This inspirational teamwork is evident in every classroom. Governors know the school exceptionally well. They give stringent challenge to school leaders, checking carefully that additional government funding is used effectively. Teaching is outstanding because teachers and co-educators (teaching assistants) work with pupils exceptionally well. Lessons are interesting, and pupils want to learn. Pupils’ behaviour in lessons and around the school is outstanding. They treat each other, staff and visitors with care and respect. Pupils feel safe in school. All staff manage some pupils’ very challenging behaviour exceptionally well. Children in early years make outstanding progress due to the excellent curriculum and consistent support they receive. Students in the 16-19 provision are exceptionally well prepared for the next stage in their education. Nearly all students go on to local colleges to continue their education. Parents speak very highly of the school. For example, one parent said, ‘This school has the highest of all standards’. The school works exceptionally well with parents, especially when a pupil has difficulties. Leaders recognise that they could further support parents to help their children at home. Leaders have accurately identified next steps for improvement, but written plans do not give a clear picture of which priorities to work on first.