Merstone School

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
Special school
Windward Way
Smith's Wood
Birmingham
B36 0UE
01217171040
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Pupils
113
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Ages
2 - 19
Gender
Gender
Mixed
Building
Type
Community special school
Mr ofsted
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.06
Ofsted Report
(14/11/17)
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Merstone is a special school for pupils with severe learning difficulties and profound and multiple learning difficulties. About a third have severe medical needs and an increasing number have autistic spectrum disorders and/or behavioural, social and emotional difficulties. All the pupils have a statement of special educational needs. The large majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The rest of the pupils come from a wide range of European and Asian backgrounds, and a high proportion of these speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is significantly above the national average. This additional government funding is provided to support pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and children looked after by the local authority. The Early Years Foundation Stage provision includes a child assessment unit for up to 20 children. These children are in the process of being assessed for a statement of special educational needs and often move on to mainstream or other special schools. The school was awarded specialist schools status (for communication and interaction) in September 2010 and maintains this status. It also has a number of other prestigious awards. The school shares its building with another special school, Forest Oak. The two schools form a federation and have the same Principal and governing body. They also share some specialist staff and resources. Smith's Wood Sports College, a mainstream school, is also on the same site. The school works closely with UNITY: a collaboration of mainstream and other special schools.

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