Percy Hedley School

Name Percy Hedley School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 21 March 2013
Address West Lane, Killingworth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE12 7BH
Phone Number 01912161811
Type Special
Age Range 3-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 161 (74% boys 26% girls)
Local Authority North Tyneside
Percentage Free School Meals 23.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.6%
Persisitent Absence 28.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is part of the Percy Hedley Foundation and draws the majority of pupils from local authorities across the north of England. The school has two sites: one for the Early Years Foundation Stage, primary age and Key Stage 3 pupils; the other for Key Stage 4 and post 16 provision. It accesses a sports academy within the foundation. The residential provision at Leybourne House has 18 beds for full-time or short break care. At the time of the inspection 12 pupils were accessing this provision. The large majority of pupils have either speech and language and complex communication difficulties or physical difficulties. Many have additional visual, hearing or emotional needs. There are 37 full and part-time therapists for speech and language, physiotherapy and occupational therapy. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs. The vast majority of pupils are boys of White British origin. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below the national average. The number of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is lower than the national averages. No pupils are eligible for the pupil premium. The school holds the Healthy Schools Award, Comenius Project Award and Arts Mark Gold Award.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an Outstanding school. The highly skilled headteacher and her leadership team are very ambitious for the high achievement of the pupils. Management of the quality of teaching is highly effective and this has ensured that pupils have made continued and increasing progress since the last inspection. The extremely effective governing body makes an excellent contribution to the leadership and vision for the school. To realise this shared vision they are seeking to increase capacity in leadership across the school to support new developments. Pupils make outstanding progress, particularly in communication skills. This means they are exceptionally well prepared for the next stage in their education or training. Pupils make outstanding progress in English and mathematics. They apply these subjects extremely well to all lessons leading to admirable achievements in other subjects. Teaching is outstanding and has further improved since the last inspection. Teachers and therapists plan activities thoroughly for each individual pupil. All adults make an exceptional contribution to pupil’s outstanding progress. Excellent systems are in place that ensures pupils’ progress both academically and therapeutically are tracked rigorously and consistently across the school. The sixth form is outstanding and pupils make exceptional progress here because they spend an increasing amount of time applying their skills in an adult situation. The behaviour of pupils is exemplary. They work hard and live up to the high expectations set for them to ensure their behaviour is outstanding. Pupils truly enjoy being in school and say they feel safe, secure and well cared for. The school provides outstanding residential provision because residential staff are exceptionally committed to the achievements, welfare and independence of residential pupils to prepare them for life at school and beyond.