Oakleigh School & Acorn Assessment Centre

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Oakleigh School & Acorn Assessment Centre


Name Oakleigh School & Acorn Assessment Centre
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 23 April 2015
Address Oakleigh Road North, Whetstone, London, N20 0DH
Phone Number 02083685336
Type Special
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 132 (65% boys 35% girls)
Local Authority Barnet
Percentage Free School Meals 38.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 64.4%
Persisitent Absence 39.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 28.8%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Oakleigh School is a special school catering for pupils aged from two to 11 years with severe and complex learning difficulties. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is above the national average. The pupil premium is additional government funding provided for students known to be eligible for free school meals and those in the care of the local authority. In common with other schools with primary-aged children, the school also receives the primary physical education and sport premium, designed to help primary schools improve the quality of the physical education and sport activities they offer their pupils. A large majority of pupils are from minority ethnic groups, covering a wide range of backgrounds. The majority are from homes where English is spoken as an additional language. The school’s early years centre provides services for children aged from birth to five years with a range of special educational needs. The provision includes a home teaching service for families whose children are not in early years settings or schools. The children who come into the early years centre go on to a wide range of educational provision when they are five. This inspection focused solely on those children aged 2–5 years in the nursery and reception classes. The Acorn Assessment Centre is based on two sites: Oakleigh School and Colindale Primary School, on the other side of Barnet. It caters for children aged from two to five years who have a wide range of special educational needs. These include children with specific medical conditions, physical disabilities, social and communication disorders, sensory impairments, autism spectrum conditions and/or other learning difficulties. The two Acorn classrooms at Colindale are subject to exactly the same leadership and management as those at Oakleigh. The school uses no alternative provision.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Inspirational leadership has led to the school sustaining high levels of achievement and pupils’ personal development. Leaders have the highest expectations of staff and pupils, leading to consistently outstanding practice. Pupils of all abilities and from all backgrounds make excellent progress and their achievement is outstanding. They are very well prepared for the next stage of their education. Teachers fully understand pupils’ needs and how to help them overcome difficulties in their learning. Pupils’ make excellent progress in acquiring literacy and communication skills and mathematical knowledge. Pupils develop excellent attitudes to learning; their behaviour both in and outside classrooms is excellent. The school’s outstanding promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development results in a highly supportive, tolerant and happy learning community. Early years provision is of outstanding quality and provides children with the confidence and learning skills to make outstanding progress. Pupils feel safe and secure. The school’s systems to safeguard children are rigorous. Parents and carers have a very high regard for the school. They know that the school’s leaders and staff will always work with them to ensure the best outcomes for their children The governing body is well informed, well organised and totally committed to achieving the best outcomes for the school. Middle leaders are highly committed and skilled. The newest middle leaders have not yet fully established formal ways to monitor and evaluate performance across the school.