Northfield School

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
Special school
Knights Road
Blackbird Leys
Northfield School
Oxford
OX4 6DQ
01865771703
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Pupils
69
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Ages
10 - 18
Gender
Gender
Boys
Building
Type
Community special school
Mr ofsted
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.04
Ofsted Report
(14/11/18)
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In April 2018, the governing body was issued with a warning notice on behalf of the local authority. Following this, the full governing body resigned and left the school. In August 2018, the local authority established an interim executive board. Between May and October 2018, the school buildings were closed as the local authority condemned them as unfit for teaching and learning. During this time, pupils only received a part-time education, being educated either off-site at Hill End Residential Centre or in portacabins on site. Some staff left. In July 2018, the local authority began a consultation to close the school. This has since been retracted. Instead, the local authority intends to build a new school on this site, which it plans to open in 2021. However, plans are at an early stage and are not fully agreed. Since the previous inspection, there have been significant changes to the school’s leadership, teaching and governance arrangements. The previous headteacher, who Inspection report: Northfield School, 14–15 November 2018 Page 10 of 13 joined in September 2017, resigned following a period of absence, and left in July 2018. The school’s deputy headteacher took up the post of acting headteacher in September 2018, having previously acted as headteacher in the academic year 2016/17. This is a temporary arrangement. Unofficially, the assistant headteacher stepped up to the role of acting deputy headteacher in October 2018. The acting leadership team is supported for five half days per week by an NLE, brokered by the local authority. Northfield School provides for pupils who have social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Some pupils have other learning difficulties, and some have autism spectrum disorder conditions. Since the previous inspection, the school has added an additional key stage, key stage 5. There are currently no pupils in key stage 2 or key stage 5. The local authority took the decision not to admit new pupils into Year 6 or Year 7 this academic year. All pupils have an EHC plan. The proportion of pupils who are supported by the pupil premium is well above that seen nationally. In 2017/18 the school exceeded its planned admission number. This is because additional places were commissioned but the Department for Education was not informed. There is also some confusion as to whether the school is co-educational. Currently, 51 boys attend and no girls. Some pupils attend alternative provision used by the school. These include Abingdon and Witney College, Oxford City College, Meadowbrook College, Oxfordshire Football Development Scheme, South Oxfordshire Food and Education Academy and Trax. The school does not meet requirements on the publication of information because some of the necessary information about the school’s spending of pupil premium and sports funding, governance information, the SEND report and equalities objectives are missing from its website.

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