Oscott Manor School

Name Oscott Manor School
Website http://www.oscottmanor.bham.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 07 May 2014
Address Old Oscott Hill, Birmingham, West Midlands, B44 9SP
Phone Number 01213608222
Type Special
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 115 (80% boys 20% girls)
Local Authority Birmingham
Percentage Free School Meals 37%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.5%
Persisitent Absence 32%
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

Oscott Manor School is a smaller than average-sized school. The school has 10 classes catering for students from 11–19 years of age. All students have a statement of special educational needs. The school’s designation has changed from profound and multiple learning difficulties to a school for students with autism and behavioural, emotional and social difficulties. However, students in Key Stages 4 and 5 are still mainly those with profound and multiple learning difficulties. The majority of students are of White British heritage and the next largest group is Asian or Asian British. The proportion of students with English as an additional language is above average. The proportion of students supported by the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children in the care of the local authority and those students known to be eligible for free school meals, is well above average. The older students experience work related opportunities at Shelforce in Erdington and Gordon Franks Enterprise in Birmingham. More students than average start or leave the school at other than the usual times.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The senior leadership team, subject leaders and the governing body have made rapid improvements to the school. The quality of teaching is consistently good with some that is outstanding. Leaders and managers rigorous monitor all aspects of the school. Good links with the local authority and partnership schools provide robust external support, moderation and evaluation of the school’s work. The progress of students in English and mathematics is good. Students make excellent progress in their social, personal and behavioural development. The most able students often make outstanding progress across the school. The overall effectiveness of the sixth form (Key Stage 5) is good. Students make good progress and an increasing number are taking GCSE qualifications. Work, college and life skills opportunities are increasing and all students leave the school with qualifications. The behaviour of students is good; students, staff and parents agree. Students feel extremely safe and secure in school and say that staff make sure they are cared for well. Strong external partnerships help to develop learning further and provide for students’ medical needs. The governing body has changed since the last inspection; it is now much more rigorous and challenging in its support of the school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Students in Key Stage 5 do not have sufficient opportunities to practise their life skills. Students do not have enough opportunities to improve their work.