Oak Wood Primary School

Name Oak Wood Primary School
Website www.oakwoodschools.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 03 July 2013
Address Morris Drive, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, CV11 4QH
Phone Number 02476740907
Type Academy (special)
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 125 (68% boys 32% girls)
Academy Sponsor Central England Academy Trust
Local Authority Warwickshire
Percentage Free School Meals 30.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.8%
Persisitent Absence 14%
Pupils with SEN Support 0.8%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Oak Wood Primary and Secondary schools share the same building and have one headteacher and governing body. The senior leadership team works closely together across the two schools. The school mainly educates pupils with severe and complex learning difficulties and many also have associated needs such as autism and speech and language. All pupils in the main school have a statement of educational needs. When they first arrive most of the nursery pupils are being assessed for a statement. Oak Wood Primary School converted to become a multi-academy trust with Oak Wood Secondary School in April 2013. When its predecessor school, of the same name, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be good. Classes are organised by age with some streaming for the most able and for pupils with more complex needs. The school has a higher than average proportion of pupils who are eligible for additional funding, (pupil premium) to support the learning of disadvantaged pupils. There are more boys than girls; this is typical for a school of this type. The school does not access any alternative provision.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good academic progress as they enjoy their lessons and teaching is good. Teaching has many strengths, with staff having high expectations of pupils, supported by specialist instructors for physical education and music. Pupils’ behaviour is particularly well managed by staff. They make impressive improvements in their conduct due to the skilled approaches of the staff, especially with the pupils who have more complex needs. Safety has a high priority in the school with both parents and pupils confirming this. The headteacher, leadership team and governing body work well together to ensure that teaching is good and improving. They know what needs to be done to make the school even better. The pupils enjoy their learning through a creative approach with opportunities for exploratory and investigative learning. They appreciate learning in the community and particularly liked the visiting theatre group. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils is developed extremely well through the curriculum. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils are not always clear about the precise next steps they need to take in their learning. The thorough information from annual assessments is not consistently used in lessons to ensure that learning is related to individual progress and on occasions this limits progress. Marking is inconsistent and does not always give the pupils the information they need to improve. Leaders and managers do not always follow through identified improvements. Teaching is inconsistent and sometimes lacks flair or clear learning targets. In these lessons pupils are not as engaged in learning. The lack of a cohesive policy for the teaching of reading sometimes restricts progress. Pupils are not always clear how they can improve their reading.