Penrose School

Primary
Special school
Albert Street
Bridgwater
TA6 7ET
01278411222
Pupils
44
Ages
4 - 11
Gender
Mixed
Type
Foundation special school
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.06
Ofsted Report
(7/3/17)
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5.8:1
NATIONAL AVG. 20.7:1
Pupil/Teacher ratio
12.5%
NATIONAL AVG. 8.7%
Persistent Absence
6%
NATIONAL AVG. 21.2%
Pupils first language
not English
54.5%
NATIONAL AVG. 23%
Free school meals
2%
NATIONAL AVG. 12%
Pupils with SEN support

School Description

Penrose School is a special school for students with severe learning difficulties (SLD) or profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD). An increasing number of students has a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). Some students have complex medical needs and lifethreatening conditions. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage and speak English as their first language. A minority of students is girls. The number of children in the Early Years Foundation Stage is very low. The number of students eligible for the pupil premium (additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, children who are looked after by the local authority and the children of service families) is high. In April 2012, the school became part of a federation with Elmwood School. The headteacher of Penrose was appointed in June 2012 as executive headteacher to cover both schools. The federation has a single governing body. The school is in a state of transition, with students relocating whilst building projects improve accommodation at Penrose. Planning is in place to create primary, secondary and sixth form provision on three separate sites which will be shared with Elmwood. At the present time, children in the Early Years Foundation Stage, primary aged pupils and students in the sixth form with PMLD are taught on the Penrose site. Secondary aged students are taught in temporary accommodation at Robert Blake Science College which is co-located with Elmwood, and one sixth form class is based at Victoria Park Community Centre. In September the sixth form will move into permanent accommodation on the site of Chilton Trinity Secondary School whilst the remaining students will all be sited at Elmwood until building work at Penrose is completed. The school holds the Healthy Schools Plus and the Investors in People awards. The school does not enter students early for any form of accreditation.

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