Oaktree School

Name Oaktree School
Website http://www.oaktree.enfield.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 04 March 2014
Address Chase Side, Southgate, London, N14 4HN
Phone Number 02084403100
Type Special
Age Range 7-19
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 98
Local Authority 308
Percentage Free School Meals 62%
Percentage English is Not First Language 36.7%
Persisitent Absence 24.7%
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

Oaktree School provides for pupils with complex needs, mainly those with severe or moderate learning difficulties. A number have speech, language and communication difficulties and a diagnosis of autism. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs. Boys outnumber girls and pupils often join the school at times other than at the start of the school year. Most of the pupils require organised transport to and from the school. The school is currently at full capacity and over half of the pupils are from a range of minority ethnic heritages, with a third of the pupils speaking English as an additional language. None is at the early stages of learning English. White British pupils form the largest group followed by pupils of Any Other White background and those with African heritages. Almost two thirds of the pupils are known to be eligible for the pupil premium, additional funding provided by the government in this school for those pupils in the care of the local authority or known to be eligible for free school meals. The school is not in receipt of the Year 7 catch-up funding nor of the primary school sports funding. Sixth-form students are integrated fully into the various groups within the school, depending on their main areas of need. They are not taught in separate groups other than in Years 13 and 14. At present there are 15 pupils in Years 3 to 6, 28 in Years 7 to 9 and 18 in Years 10 and 11. The school employs six therapists with specialisms in speech and language, occupational therapy, psychotherapy and physiotherapy. The school provides a breakfast club and an after-school club at which pupils also receive an evening meal.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Since the previous inspection, the school has sustained an outstanding level of care and support for the personal development of the pupils. This has taken place against a background of considerable change in staffing and in the governing body. The impact of the all-round care is clear in the excellent behaviour of the pupils around the school and in their engagement in learning within the classroom. Pupils feel very safe in school and parents agree that pupils are looked after exceptionally well. Learning is good and all groups of pupils achieve well because of typically good teaching. Leadership is good. Senior leaders show a relentless drive to do the very best for the pupils. In this they are well supported by the staff team and governors. The school works very closely with parents to involve them as fully as possible in the education and training of the pupils. Pupils attend school very regularly. Their attendance is well above the figures for special schools nationally. The sixth form is good with all post-16 students well integrated into the life of the school. They are very keen to support those younger than themselves. It is not yet an outstanding school because : New ways of recording pupils’ progress are not well enough established to show clearly the extent of the pupils’ achievements. Staff do not use all the information available to them to set appropriate goals for pupils. Post-16 students have too few work-related options within the curriculum. There are insufficient links with alternative external providers. Subject leaders are not held fully accountable for the progress of pupils in their areas of responsibility. Not all governors have the skills to challenge senior leaders sufficiently on pupils’ progress.