Linden Bridge School

Name Linden Bridge School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 13 February 2013
Address Grafton Road, Worcester Park, Surrey, KT4 7JW
Phone Number 02083303009
Type Special
Age Range 4-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 125 (89% boys 11% girls)
Academy Sponsor Learning And Inspiration For Tomorrow Partnership
Local Authority Surrey
Percentage Free School Meals 14.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 15.2%
Persisitent Absence 19%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Linden Bridge is a special school for pupils with a statement of special educational needs for their autism spectrum disorders. Many pupils have additional learning needs and/or speech and language difficulties. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, looked-after children and pupils with a parent or carer in the armed forces) is below average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is lower than average. There is discrete Early Years Foundation Stage provision for the youngest children. The school has on-site residential accommodation for 25 pupils. All pupils have the opportunity to have two nights each week in the residence. Students in the sixth form are offered longer stays. Sixth form students have their own separate accommodation and although many of them attend courses at the local college, there were no students attending college during the inspection. School staff provide outreach support to several local mainstream schools.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Pupils’ achievement is outstanding. They make rapid and sustained progress in reading, communication and in their personal development. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage make an excellent start to their school lives achieving outstanding gains in all areas of development. The sixth form is outstanding. Students make exceptional progress and they all achieve some vocational and academic qualifications by the time they leave the school. High-quality teaching across the school results in pupils being fully engaged and thoroughly enjoying their learning. Just occasionally too little use is made of symbols and cue cards to promote decision making and choices. Pupils behave extremely well. They say they feel really safe at school. Attendance is above average. The school meets the national minimum standards for residential special schools. Parents and carers are very pleased with the school and with the residence. The very high quality of record keeping in the residence is not always applied consistently in all aspects. Outstanding leadership and management ensure that the school has maintained its excellent outcomes since the previous inspection. Through their efficient planning, the governing body makes sure that money is spent very well for the benefit of all groups of pupils, including those known to be eligible for pupil premium funding.