Ivel Valley School

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
Special school
Hitchmead Road
Biggleswade
SG18 0NL
01767601010
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Pupils
186
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Ages
3 - 19
Gender
Gender
Mixed
Building
Type
Community special school
Mr ofsted
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.06
Ofsted Report
(2/5/18)
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This is a school for pupils with autistic spectrum disorders, behavioural, social and emotional difficulties, moderate learning difficulties, severe learning difficulties and profound and multiple learning difficulties. All pupils have complex needs and a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan. The school operates on two main sites, serving the needs of primary and secondary-aged pupils. Additionally, there are five Ivel Valley satellite classes based at local mainstream schools. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage and most pupils at Key Stage 1 are based at the neighbouring Lawns Nursery. A class of pupils at Key Stage 2 is based at Langford Lower School and a class of pupils spanning Key Stages 2 and 3 is based at Biggleswade Academy. Two classes, for students at Key Stage 4 and in the sixth form, are based at Stratton Upper School. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is a little above average. (This is government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals or who are looked after by the local authority.) The school employs the equivalent of two full-time teachers who provide outreach support and an autistic spectrum disorders advisory service to mainstream schools on behalf of the local authority. Currently, the teachers are working with four upper schools, nine middle schools and 39 lower schools. The school works in close partnership with the Children with Disabilities Team, which is based at the Ivel Valley Hub on the primary site. The school manages the Early Years Support Service on behalf of the local authority. A number of students in the sixth form attend Bedford College or North Herts College for part of their time and undertake extended work experience placements for a day each week.

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