Sunningdale School

Name Sunningdale School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 24 April 2013
Address Shaftoe Road, Springwell, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR3 4HA
Phone Number 01915280440
Type Special
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 116 (69% boys 31% girls)
Local Authority Sunderland
Percentage Free School Meals 52.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 9.5%
Persisitent Absence 22.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 6.9%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Sunningdale is a school for pupils with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties. There is also an increasing proportion, year-on-year, of pupils attending the school with autistic spectrum disorder. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs. Pupils attend the school from across the City of Sunderland and a small number of pupils are looked after by the local authority. Most pupils are of White British heritage and almost twice as many boys than girls attend the school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for pupil premium funding is above average. (The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and those children who are looked after by the local authority). The school manages a portage service and a language and learning partnership on behalf of the local authority. These did not form part of this inspection. Since the last inspection, the school has maintained its range of accreditations.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. From very low starting points pupils make excellent progress in their learning and personal development. Achievement for all groups of pupils is outstanding. Sustained progress is made by all groups of pupils, including those eligible for the pupil premium. The school’s own ‘pathways to communication’ and other bespoke activities ensures this. The quality of teaching is outstanding in its impact on pupils’ achievement over time. Teachers have very high expectations of what all pupils can achieve academically and for their personal development. Staff use their extensive knowledge of each pupil to set new learning challenges and make lessons interesting and exciting. They ensure pupils’ skills are built up systematically and successfully, using whatever communication methods is best for the individual pupil. Sunningdale’s unique curriculum contributes significantly to pupils’ very strong spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. This is due to the many events and experiences that take place for all pupils. Behaviour is outstanding. Pupils benefit from the expert and consistent management of their behaviour by all staff. Consequently, most pupils learn, over time, to understand and manage their own behaviour. These elements combine to make an exceptional contribution to ensuring learning areas are safe and welcoming and this ensures pupils are able to learn extremely well. A combination of outstanding leadership and management at all levels and excellent governance has ensured that the school has continued to move forward. Pupils’ achievement and the quality of teaching have improved since the last inspection. Leaders keep a very close check on all aspects of the school’s work and so they have a very clear view of how well it is doing. They produce extensive information and documents to keep governors and members of staff up to date with pupils’ performance and school developments. This information is complex and very detailed. It would make it quicker and easier for others to use and understand if it were presented in smaller and simpler formats.