Kennel Lane School

Name Kennel Lane School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 11 November 2015
Address Kennel Lane, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG42 2EX
Phone Number 01344483872
Type Special
Age Range 2-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 182 (71% boys 29% girls)
Local Authority Bracknell Forest
Percentage Free School Meals 32.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 9.3%
Persisitent Absence 21.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Kennel Lane is a special school for pupils aged from two to 19 years of age, most of whom have severe learning difficulties. All pupils have either a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan. Pupils are taught in mixed-aged classes within each key stage. Approximately one quarter of pupils are known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional government funding). This is in line with the national average. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. Half of all pupils join the school at different stages of their school career and at different times of the year. Twelve primary-aged pupils attend an inclusion class at Birch Hill Primary School, Bracknell for four days each week. The majority of Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 pupils attend college placements on a part-time basis at Reading College, Berkshire College of Agriculture, and Bracknell and Wokingham College.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher, ably supported by her deputy, senior leaders and governors, has worked with resilience, determination and ambition to bring about far-reaching school improvements. Pupils have remained at the heart of this drive for improvement. Senior leaders have been successful in improving the quality of teaching and raising pupils’ outcomes. The school community is ambitious to be outstanding in every respect. Systems to ensure pupils are kept safe, and to promote personal development and good behaviour, are outstanding. This is because pupils’ welfare is understood by all staff to be paramount. No stone is left unturned in securing the exact help that pupils and families need. Teachers plan and assess carefully, ensuring that lessons are interesting. Pupils typically progress and learn well, including in the development of their communication skills. All aspects of the early years provision are of the highest quality. Consequently, the youngest children in school get off to the best possible start. Learners aged 16 and over benefit from a range of study programmes, including vocational qualification routes. The support for transitions beyond school is extensive. Therapy is an important, integral aspect of pupils’ education. This is planned uniquely for each pupil. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Some leaders, particularly middle leaders, are very new to post. In such cases, actions and initiatives planned are yet to impact upon pupils’ outcomes. Teaching and outcomes in science and computing are not as good as in other subjects. Occasionally, teaching does not challenge pupils, particularly the most able, well enough. Consequently, learning and progress are not maximised.