Oak Wood Secondary School

Name Oak Wood Secondary School
Website http://www.oakwoodschools.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 03 July 2013
Address Morris Drive, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, CV11 4QH
Phone Number 02476740901
Type Academy (special)
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Academy Sponsor Central England Academy Trust
Local Authority Warwickshire
Percentage Free School Meals 50.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.5%
Persisitent Absence 17.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No, we only have catchment area data for schools in England
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Oak Wood Secondary School is much smaller than most schools nationally although bigger than many special schools. The school converted to become a Multi-Academy Trust with Oak Wood Primary School in April 2013. When its predecessor school, of the same name, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be good. The two schools have their own articles of governance but share a building, headteacher, senior leadership team, administrative staff and governing body. The headteacher joined the school in his current position in April 2011. The school caters for a range of students whose needs include complex learning difficulties, moderate learning difficulties, severe learning difficulties and profound and multiple learning difficulties. The proportion of students known to be eligible for pupil premium funding, in this case pupils known to be eligible for free school meals or who are looked after by the local authority, is much higher than in most schools. All of the students have statements of special educational needs. Because of their specific needs, an extremely small number of students are educated elsewhere by independent providers.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Leaders, students and staff benefit from the positive relationship of the ‘Multi Academy Trust’. This provides continuity for many of the students and insights from staff and leaders who work with pupils of other ages. All groups of students achieve well because : teaching is good. Staff use a wide range of approaches to overcome students’ individual difficulties. Behaviour and safety are excellent. Systems to safeguard students are detailed and thorough. Students are very positive about learning and wherever possible develop choice and independence. Those with the most challenging behaviour learn helpful strategies to keep themselves calm and are supported and managed extremely well. The sixth form is good. This is because : students are well prepared for later life and learning and engage in such a wide range of interesting, relevant activities. Students behave extremely well and have many first-hand experiences of life beyond school. Leaders, including governors, have an accurate understanding of the school. They use this well for school improvement, including the development of teaching. Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted well because : students’ attitudes to learning and to other people are outstanding, learn a great deal about other countries, cultures and beliefs and are highly engaged in stimulating, inspiring lessons. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching staff sometimes miss opportunities to reinforce basic skills such as reading, writing and mathematics within other lessons. Leaders do not always tackle issues systematically or completely. Staff do not always use a range of communication tools, including technology, signs and symbols consistently and effectively.