Oak Lodge School

Name Oak Lodge School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 07 November 2012
Address Roman Road, Dibden Purlieu, Southampton, Hampshire, SO45 4RQ
Phone Number 02380847213
Type Special
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 148 (70% boys 30% girls)
Local Authority Hampshire
Percentage Free School Meals 32.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.7%
Persisitent Absence 24.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Oak Lodge provides for students with a broad range of special educational needs who live in a wide, predominantly rural, catchment area. Just over a half has a formal diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder. All have a statement of special educational needs. The school shares a campus with a local secondary school and a local authority leisure centre. In addition, the school manages the Oakmore centre. Run jointly with the secondary school, the centre provides for more capable and higher performing students, all of whom have autism and very high anxiety levels. An outreach service provides training for other schools and agencies to support students with autism. Currently, the large majority of students are boys and most are of White British heritage. The proportion of students known to be eligible for pupil premium, which provides additional funding to support pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those in the care of the local authority, is above the national average. The school has specialist school status for the arts and has gained numerous awards for different aspects of its work and provision. More recently, it has received level 1 accreditation for Rights, Respect and Responsibility.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. In relation to their starting points, students make good progress by the time they leave school at the end of Year 11. All students now achieve nationally recognised qualifications. Students make impressive strides in their personal development and this prepares them successfully for the next stage of their education. As a result of a sustained and rigorous focus on improvement by the leadership team, the proportion of good or better teaching has increased since the previous inspection. Teachers plan work well to ensure students’ needs are met and provide a variety of good quality resources to make learning interesting and lively. The Oakmore unit is managed well. Students’ achievement is checked carefully and action taken to improve it. As a result, these students make good progress. Students’ behaviour and attitudes to learning are excellent, which is a result of highly effective classroom management by teachers and other adults supporting in lessons and around the school. Students told the lead inspector that they are safe and enjoy school, which is further confirmed by the school’s own surveys of students’ opinions. The headteacher, supported by the senior leadership team, provides effective leadership of the school, including good arrangements for regular reviews of staff performance. Areas identified for improvement at the previous inspection have also been dealt with successsfully. The experienced governing body is effective in its role as a critical and supportive friend and successfully ensures the school is financially stable. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There are not enough opportunities for students to be independent learners in lessons. Students’ literacy skills are not promoted consistently enough across all subjects. A few of the more able students in the school are not making rapid enough progress in order to achieve high standards by the time they leave the school.