Longwill A Primary School for Deaf Children

Primary
Special school
Bell Hill
Northfield
Birmingham
B31 1LD
01214753923
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Pupils
62
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Ages
2 - 12
Gender
Gender
Mixed
Building
Type
Foundation special school
Mr ofsted
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.05
Ofsted Report
(28/3/19)
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Longwill is a small special school which caters for the needs of severely and profoundly deaf pupils for whom BSL is their primary means of communication. The school follows a sign bilingual approach, which aims to develop pupils' skills and abilities in both BSL and spoken and written English and to prepare pupils equally for their future lives in both Deaf and hearing communities. All pupils have either a statement of special educational needs or an Education Health and Care Plan. About half also have additional needs including learning difficulties, physical disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorders. Almost two thirds of the pupils are boys. A new class had been recently established to meet the needs of a small group of pupils with the most complex learning needs. At more than half, the proportion of pupils known to be eligible for pupil premium funding is much higher than the national average. This is additional funding for specific groups of disadvantaged pupils, in this case those who are known to be eligible for free school meals. The number of pupils in each year group is very small. Precise differences in the attainment and progress between eligible pupils and others, nationally or in the school, is not being reported as this could lead to identification of individuals. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is much higher than in most other schools. Most of these pupils come from families who speak English as an additional language; this proportion is higher than in most other schools. About a third of the pupils are of Pakistani heritage. Almost all pupils have significant language and communication delays on entering the school and particularly in English. About 16 per cent of the pupils have one or more parent who is deaf. Almost all of these pupils have BSL as their first language. In this special school no pupils typically reach the highest attainment levels seen for all pupils nationally. Therefore, the attainment and achievement of the most able is not reported on. The headteacher was promoted from her previous position of deputy headteacher in January 2014. The two assistant headteachers took up these new posts in May 2014. Four new teachers joined the staff in September 2014 to meet the needs of a growing school with a diverse school population.The school employs a diverse range of staff including some who are deaf. The school shares its site with Victoria all-age school for students with profound and multiple learning difficulties and James Brindley Centre for secondary aged students with medical conditions. The school is part of the Brays Teaching Special School Alliance. Some governors have retired very recently. The Chair of Governors took up her position this term. The school has gained a range of awards, including Investors in People and the Basic Skills Agency Quality Mark.

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