Norwich special needs school’s ‘Good’ Ofsted report

Students at Hall School enjoying their Sports Day. Picture: Denise Bradley

Students at Hall School enjoying their Sports Day. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: copyright: Archant 2014

A school for special needs children has been rated 'Good' in its latest Ofsted report and has been praised for the outstanding behaviour of its pupils.

Hall School in St Faith's Road, Old Catton, was rated 'Good' for overall effectiveness and outstanding for behaviour and safety of pupils. It also received a 'Good' in its last inspection.

In the summary of key findings, the report states: 'Behaviour is outstanding and pupils concentrate very successfully. They are extremely respectful and tolerant of others, whatever their background or ability.

'Pupils' safety is a high priority for all staff and so pupils feel extremely safe in school. Parents agree that pupils are kept safe.'

The report also found that pupils were making good progress and successfully developed key skills because the teaching was good.

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It continues: 'Pupils learn how to communicate with others effectively because of valuable staff expertise and the use of information and communication technology (ICT).

'Reception children achieve well and begin to fill gaps in their knowledge.

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'Parents and staff work really well together and so children settle quickly into school life.

'Sixth form students make good progress and develop their basic skills because practical activities are used to make learning interesting.'

The report stated that since the last inspection the tracking of pupils' progress had significantly improved.

To improve further, the report said the school needs to ensure that pupils make better progress in science, and receive detailed feedback about what they have done well and can do to improve their work.

All pupils should also be given new individual targets as soon as the old ones are met, and the range of vocational qualifications available to sixth form students should be widened.

Headteacher Keith McKenzie said: 'We are delighted to achieve a 'Good'. The school achieved outstanding in behaviour and safety of pupils, which, with the complex needs of a special school, we take particular pride in.'

The school has 79 pupils and caters for children aged from three to 19.

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