Wilson Stuart School

Name Wilson Stuart School
Website http://www.wilsonstuart.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 04 February 2015
Address Perry Common Road, Erdington, Birmingham, West Midlands, B23 7AT
Phone Number 01213734475
Type Academy (special)
Age Range 2-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 236 (58% boys 42% girls)
Academy Sponsor Education Impact Academy Trust
Local Authority Birmingham
Percentage Free School Meals 40.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 38.1%
Persisitent Absence 43.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

All the students have a statement of special educational needs, or education, health and care plans, for a range of physical disabilities, complex learning needs such as sensory impairments, learning and communication difficulties or complex medical conditions. An above average proportion of students are known to be eligible for additional funding known as pupil premium funding. This is additional government funding for those known to be eligible for free school meals or who are looked after. Nearly a third of pupils speak English as an additional language. There are separate departments for early years, primary, secondary and sixth form provision. The school has a physical disability support service that provides training for schools across Birmingham and support students with physical disabilities in mainstream settings. The school does not use any alternative providers. In September 2013 the 19-25 vocational programme for students was launched in partnership with University College Birmingham. Wilson Stuart School converted to an academy school in July 2012. When its predecessor school, of the same name, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be outstanding.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Wilson Stuart School has extended its outstanding work with its pupils. The school has further improved its work with older students and with links in the community to support pupils’ learning. It now provides improved training opportunities for aspiring teachers and teaching assistants. Teaching is outstanding. It enables pupils to achieve exceptionally well and provides them with a love of learning. The outstanding early years provision provides an excellent start for young children, so that they are well prepared for learning as they mature through the school. The leadership and management of the school are outstanding at all levels. The work with parents and numerous community partners is first class. The outstanding sixth form provision prepares students exceptionally well for later life and provides an excellent transition for the new 19-25 provision. All pupils, including those in the early years, make outstanding progress. This is because each pupil is treated as unique and the school does all it can to meet his or her specific needs. The behaviour and safety of pupils are outstanding. Pupils relish school. They are eager learners and this contributes to their excellent academic and personal development. Pupils are first class ambassadors for the school. The headteacher, senior leaders and governors have created an excellent learning climate, where pupils feel comfortable, confident and achieve outstandingly well.