We measure our pupils’ success by the progress they make. This year we are delighted that our pupils have made amazing progress. For some pupils successfully learning to communicate a choice between two things is great progress while for others gaining GCSE qualifications is an equivalent success. All these achievements are as important as each other. We group our pupils into 4 bands when organising access to the curriculum and analysing their progress. Taking into account the year group a pupil is currently part of chronologically we organise in four bands. Life choices are pupils who are currently working at pre-subject specific levels; Life skills are pupils who are currently achieving equivalent standards to those expected at Pre Key Stage 1, Vocational pupils are currently achieving equivalent standards to those expected at Key Stage 1 and above and Academic pupils are working just below expected standards at Key Stage 2 and above.
All our pupils made good progress in relation to their starting points and were demonstrating emerging skills across the learning areas when considering national expectations.
Key Stage 1 Ages 5 - 7 years)
Two of our pupils were able to access the phonics test this year in Year 2. Both pupils scored well in comparison their starting points and one achieved the recognised threshold.
Key Stage 2 (Ages 7 - 11 years)
Once again this year we are extremely pleased with the progress pupils have made based on the whole school assessment system TOPS. By the time the pupils are 11, at the end of Key Stage 2 (primary school years) 88% of pupils have made expected or better progress in English. 2 pupils who have progress in English which has not been as significant as others have made accelerated progress in Maths and Inquiry. Both pupils are developing their understanding of language through broadening their experiences within school.
Similarly in mathematics 94% of pupils have made good or better progress. 1 pupil has not made progress at the expected level but has just transitioned between the Life Choices and Life Skills group and has just started to study in subject specific areas of the curriculum.. We check all pupils’ progress by looking at their work and any photographic or film evidence of skills they have developed. For some of our pupils this may be about working out cause and effect …’if I do this then that will always happen’. For others it may be learning to add up single digit figures. Teachers compare work across classes and we work with other schools to make sure we are judging things in a similar way.
All pupils working within Life Choices have made excellent progress.
Key Stage 3 (Ages 11 - 14 years)
In Key Stage 3 we also make judgements about progress. Pupils enter Key Stage 3 at age 11 and leave at age 14. Most of our Key Stage 3 pupils were at lower school with some attending our Redmoor Academy base and a few at upper school. 50% of pupils made better than expected progress in English with 94% making expected progress or above. We have high expectations in English and mathematics and the pupils are working hard to meet these expectations. 66% of pupils made better than expected progress in Maths. There are 6 pupils receiving additional support who did not make the levels of progress expected. 3 pupils had medical needs impacting on their learning, 3 pupils had accelerated progress in Personal and Social Development, 1 pupil is now accessing inclusion to provide challenge to learning and 1 pupil is developing a new communication system to support in giving access to learning due to changing health needs.
Key Stage 4 / 5
Pupils continue to access a broad and vibrant curriculum where we seek to enable pupils to access courses that are recognised externally whilst allowing them to explore their interests and celebrate successes. Over the course of the year we have extended the programme of study and included Arts Award and Duke of Edinburgh as part of the core offer. Pupils continue to work on gaining and developing their skills in English and Maths towards accreditation where possible as well as accessing vocational pathways.
Key Stage 4
Pupils within Key Stage 4 completed a varied curriculum including vocational pathways to introduce them to work related aspects of learning. 73% of pupils made better than expected levels of progress with 93% of pupils making expected levels of progress.
Within the cohort of pupils there have been opportunities to study accredited courses from Entry Level 1 through to GCSEs, with nine pupils achieving the Bronze Award for Duke of Edinburgh. Five pupils also achieved the Bronze Arts Award
Key Stage 5
Pupils within the Key Stage follow a Life Skills curriculum with a clear focus on developing skills to support them with adult life including increasing levels of independence and communication based on their identified areas of need. All pupils continue to have the opportunity to follow a vocational pathway and to take part in work experience or life choice activity during their time within the key stage.
78% of pupils exceeded the expected levels of progress with a further 12% making expected levels of progress. Pupils are studying a range of qualifications from Entry Level to GCSE. One pupil achieved the Bronze Arts Award and two pupils completed the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award with a further four pupils progressing and completing the Silver Award.
At the end of Year 11 all pupils moved on to complete further study at the school with a range of pathways on offer. For pupils in Key Stage 5 the transition point was varied: 1 pupil moved to employment, 5 pupils moved on to specialist college provision, 2 pupils accessed foundation learning at college with a further 5 pupils accessing college to complete level 1 or 2 qualifications. Two pupils chose not to access education at post 19.
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This year six students took GCSE examinations. They studied one or more of the following subjects at GCSE or equivalent English, Mathematics, Art, Engineering, Childcare and PE. All their progress in these subjects has been good or better. They worked hard and we are delighted that they all achieved their final awards. Across the group they achieved two Level 2 (GCSE grade 4 - 9) qualifications and nine Level 1 (GCSE 1 - 3) qualifications.
Many of our students are working at Entry Levels (not yet reaching GCSE levels). Twenty five pupils were entered for the certificates in one or more of the following subjects English, mathematics, personal social education and information and communication technology (ICT). 80% of pupils achieved the accreditations that they were entered for.
As a special school for pupils with learning difficulties we maintain high aspirations and ensure our pupils are challenged with their work. However we recognise that our pupils will not be reaching the expected standards across the curriculum for their chronological age.
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School Performance Tables