Oak Lodge School

Name Oak Lodge School
Website www.oaklodge.wandsworth.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 04 May 2016
Address 101 Nightingale Lane, Balham, London, SW12 8NA
Phone Number 02086733453
Type Special
Age Range 10-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 81 (53% boys 47% girls)
Local Authority Wandsworth
Percentage Free School Meals 38.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 48.1%
Persisitent Absence 35.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 1.2%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Oak Lodge School caters for the needs of pupils aged 11 to 19 who have hearing, speech, language and communication needs. Although the school is a maintained school in Wandsworth, pupils come from 28 different local authorities. Currently 14 pupils access the residential provision offered by the school. Various modes of communication are used within the school, according to pupils’ preferences. The working language of the school is British sign language. The headteacher has been on intermittent long-term absence for over a year. The deputy headteacher has taken on the role of acting headteacher. In January 2016 the governors secured full-time support from an interim executive headteacher. All pupils on roll have a statement of educational need or an educational, health and care plan. Pupils come from a wide range of backgrounds. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for free school meals is higher than average. The school does not use alternative provision. The school meets requirements on the publication of specific information on its website.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Governors have supported the school well through a period of difficulty. They have made sure that leaders have the capacity to improve the school further. Senior leaders have quickly formed an effective team and are making sure that the school moves forwards. They know where they want to go and how to get there. They are on track to achieve their goals. Pupils make good progress in a wide range of subjects. They achieve recognised qualifications in a range of curriculum areas. The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good. The teaching of communication skills is threaded throughout the curriculum. The school’s work to promote the personal development of pupils is a strength. Pupils develop resilience, maturity and self-belief. Pupils behave well; they treat others with respect and are diligent in lessons. They learn how to stay safe in school, outside and online. Members of the deaf community and those with hearing work well together as positive role models in supporting the academic and personal development of pupils. The school’s work to promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils is strong. Pupils learn about other cultures and beliefs, and develop a strong sense of their own culture. Very strong links with local colleges mean that sixth form learners can access courses that interest them, and they achieve well. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is not outstanding. Consequently, pupils do not make rapid and sustained progress across a wide range of subjects. Some teachers do not consistently adapt lessons as a result of their assessment of what pupils can and cannot do. Adults do not consistently demonstrate accurate letter and number formation when setting tasks for pupils to complete. Sixth form learners do not have opportunities to participate in extended work experience placements which would enhance their understanding of the world of work.