Joseph Norton was last inspected 9th April 2019 and we are extremely pleased that the letter we have received from Ofsted confirms that our school continues to be ‘good’ and highlights many strengths. Areas of continued improvement include safeguarding, behaviour, our innovative curriculum and the methods used to check pupil progress. The letter also remarks that ‘leaders are passionate about educating pupils with SEMH,’ there is a ‘clear vision for the school’ and that ’most pupils are making strong progress against their individual targets.’  

Particular highlights include:

  • Work in pupils’ exercise books is of a high quality.

  • Reading is an embedded culture within the school.

  • Hospitality lessons and work on the farm showcase the school’s real-life approach towards learning.

  • Each pupil’s social progress is measured effectively through the school’s assessment system and against the targets within their EHC plan.

  • All pupils who leave Year 11 move onto further education or apprenticeships.

The report also advises next steps, which include continuing to improve children’s social use of language and ensuring that tracking and monitoring of pupil progress continues to develop.

A copy of the letter can be accessed here.

The letter is testament to the incredible work of our staff team, the hard work and behaviour of our pupils and the support of our parents. As a school community, we are very proud of the outcome.

Parent View can be accessed here.

Performance Data

As a special school, the focus of our teaching and learning is preparing pupils for adulthood and equipping them for life in 21st Century Britain.  However, when they are ready and able, our pupils take SATs, GCSEs and a host of other qualifications and certificates.

Please be aware that because we are a small school with small cohorts there are occasions when individual pupils could be identifiable from the publication of performance data.  In these curcumstances, to protect our pupils' identities, this data is supressed.

KS2 (end of primary school) results 2017-2018

  • Due to the small size of this cohort, this year’s data has been suppressed.

KS2 Swimming 2017-2018

  • 60% of pupils can swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25m unassisted.

  • 100% of pupils are able to use a range of strokes effectively.

  • 100% are able to perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

  • 80% of pupils completed STA School swimming awards to at least Level 4 and above.

KS4 (end of secondary school) results 2017-2018

Progress 8 and Attainment 8 are performance measures that were first introduced in 2015.  Information about how these measures are calculated can be found by clicking here

Full details are available on the School Performance Tables, which are available here.

  • The school’s Progress 8 score for 2017-2018 is -2.12.

  • The school’s Attainment 8 score for 2017-2018 is 9.3.

  • No pupils at the school achieved a 5 or above in English and maths

  • No pupils were entered for the EBacc.

  • 100% of pupils obtained an appropriate place in post-16 education or employment after KS4.

Further information can be obtained from the school.

Internal School Results

EHCP Targets

Pupils make outstanding progress against the objectives in their Education Health and Care Plans.  Headteacher reports evidence compelling progress over time with extremely positive feedback from parents and professionals.  We are proud that our target for 2018-2019 is 96.67%.

English and Maths

Pupils make outstanding progress in both English and maths based on their starting points in the long term.  On arrival most pupils are operating well below age related and FFT expectations; however, pupils are supported to close this gap.  Staff place a strong and appropriate emphasis on the development of pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills.