ANOTHER ‘OUTSTANDING’ RESIDENTIAL OFSTED JUDGMENT FOR ST DOMINIC’S SCHOOL

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Examination & Assessment

Pupils entering St. Dominic’s are accurately baselined, with areas requiring targeted support being identified and used to inform planning, provision and targets. A similar method is also used to set targets across the trans-disciplinary team. Each pupil is discussed termly ensuring that staff are acutely aware of the impact of interventions and are well-placed to set meaningful next steps that are well-matched to pupils’ needs.

Pupils at St Dominic’s school generally work below national standards. However, due to the personalised and aspirational nature of the curriculum at St Dominic’s school, pupils consistently achieve exceptionally well in relation to their starting points; we are incredibly proud of our talented and hard-working pupils.

Key Stage 2
25% of pupils at the end of Key Stage 2 achieved the expected standards in reading, writing and maths in 2019. This is lower than the 2018 cohort although, due to the highly variable nature of each cohort’s profile, caution needs to be exercised when making a year-on-year comparison.

Key Stage 4
Staff at St Dominic’s school strive to ensure that every pupil achieves the best possible outcomes at the end of Key Stage 4.  This will depend on each student’s individual profile of need.  For example, some students will take a range of GCSEs, some may only take one, and many students will not be able to access GCSE courses.

We ensure that students and families are involved in the decision-making process, with each student receiving a bespoke offer based on their future aspirations, as well as their Education, Health and Care Plan and respective outcomes. A significant emphasis is placed on choice for students in key stage 4, with a possible 21 subjects currently on offer. Our recent key stage 4 results are:

Key Stage 5
As above,it is difficult to reliably report on progress measures that are applicable to students in mainstream key stage 5 placements due to students’ profile of need at St Dominic’s.  Therefore, we have no comparable data for the progress students make in English and Maths, the progress students make compared to other students across England and the grades they achieve.  Over the last two years of our Sixth Form:

  • 100% of our students have remained in post 16 when they began courses with us in Year 12.
  • 100% of our students have continued into education, training or employment after Year 13.
  • The curriculum offer of portfolio-based qualifications continues to be a strength of the Sixth Form, enabling students to fully access the curriculum by providing opportunities for students to engage through their own individual learning styles and needs.
  • Previous feedback from awarding bodies has been very positive regarding all aspects of the delivery of our qualifications and continues to be consistently applied.
  • Achievement in our portfolio-based range of qualifications, such as LASER, ASDAN and VCert, remains outstanding and in excess of achievements nationally.
  • 100% of portfolio qualifications taken were passed in 2019. The national average % achieved is lower than this at all levels taken.

 

Please click here to view St Dominic’s school on the Compare School Performance site.

 

The residential special school provides highly effective services that consistently exceed the standards of good. The actions of the school contribute to significantly improved outcomes and positive experiences for children and young people. Ofsted – March 2019

 

 

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