Please click this link to view our Equalities Report from September 2016.

Please click here to download our LA Review PDF from January 2014.

In January 2007 Ofsted judged Shaftesbury to be “Outstanding” for its support of parents and carers. Then in June 2008 Ofsted carried out a full inspection and again assessed Shaftesbury as “Outstanding”. Our next full inspection, in November 2010, saw Ofsted continuing to assess Shaftesbury as an “Outstanding” school.

Our latest Ofsted inspection took place on 1st March 2016 and on 31st March Ofsted released their inspection report grading Shaftesbury as an “Outstanding” school. Please click here to download our inspection report from March 2016.

Copies of inspection reports can be found on the Ofsted website.

Ofsted have a website called Parent View to allow parents to tell Ofsted your opinions about your child’s school covering topics such as behaviour, bullying and the quality of teaching. Please visit Parent View to send your views to Ofsted.

The PALS (Personalised Additional Learning Support) intervention programme evolved from discussions about the increasing requirement for personalised learning, in line with research into engagement profiles and the changing needs of the pupil population at Shaftesbury.

Pupils are identified and referred by members of staff. The referral incorporates a detailed assessment of the pupils’ needs along with suggestions regarding the appropriate strategy of intervention from the menu provided. A meeting is then held of all the intervention staff, sometimes the referrers also attend this meeting, and a decision is made regarding what resources will be allocated. This is the fed back to the member of staff referring. A PALS support plan is written connecting the statement objectives and the referring need, to the resources provided, ensuring that people and resources are clearly outlined as well as opportunities for review and an action plan. This is to enable the intervention work to be shared with staff. Letters are sent home to inform parent/ careers that the intervention is taking place, with whom and for how long.

Interventions include: Meet and Greet (meeting a pupil off the bus in the morning and preparing them for the day), End and Send (preparing a pupil to go home and reviewing the day), social skills, Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning, either one to one or in a group, boys group and girls group, literacy, catch up, integration support at other schools, specialist autistic, provision, one to one mentoring, one to one technology lessons, sensory support using the sensory theatre, dance and drama, off site provision support, making resources, support for out of school visits, in class support, and individual learning support in and out of the classroom.

Staff include, specialist autism teachers, learning mentors, teaching assistants, senior staff, volunteers and the site supervisor.

The first year results indicated that all pupils who took part interventions were able to access the learning more effectively. This year more detailed assessment and rigorous feedback and follow through activities are being implemented, in order to provide more data.

Click to download a PDF showing how Shaftesbury and PALS can help a student achieve with the help of specialist support.

PALS Summary from January 2016

Please click here to download our Personal Targets analysis for Autumn and Spring terms of 2016-17 showing how our students are working towards, meeting or exceeding their targets.

What is Pupil Premium?

The ‘Pupil Premium’ is additional funding for students aged 4 -16 from low-income families.

As a group, students on Free School Meals have lower educational attainment nationally than those who have never had Free School Meals.  The Government believes that the additional funding is the most useful way to make sure that funding provided reaches the students that require it the most.

Which students is Pupil Premium for?

Students from low income families who are:

  • Eligible for free school meals
  • Looked after children
  • Students whose parents are in the armed forces
  • Students registered for Free School Meals in the last six years.

What is the Pupil Premium allocation per student?

Financial YearPupil Premium amount per student
meeting any one of the criteria above
(Looked After Children £1,900)
(Looked After Children £1,900)
(Looked After Children £1,900)
(Looked After Children £1,900)

How do we spend the Pupil Premium grant at Shaftesbury High School on the students?

Pupil Premium is spent on additional reading, maths, social skills for students with and without ASD, behaviour, ICT opportunities such as I-Pads in KS3, additional therapies such as art and for counsellors.

A very large proportion of the Pupil Premium is used to fund the Personalised Additional Learning Support support provided in school (also known as the PALS Team).

How parents are informed that the allocation for Pupil Premium is being spent?

  • When a member of the PALS team contacts parents regarding the additional support that their young person will receive due to funding by the Pupil Premium.
  • At Annual Reviews.
  • At PEPs and LACs.

What has been the impact of spending the Pupil Premium?

  • Increased confidence and progress.
  • Improved behaviour, achievement and attendance.
  • Achievement of target levels.
  • Increased self esteem.
  • Continuous support for a student with SLD and severe SEBD.
  • 1:1 intervention.
  • Decreased levels of anxiety.
  • Increased SALT intervention for a longer period of time than initially allocated.
  • Extended support for students with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
  • Emotional development.
  • Support re transitions for students with ASD developed confidence over time and therefore attainment.
  • Increased maths support enabling achievement of two Maths levels for a student.
  • Improved attainment in Maths skills for each student in Year 7.
  • Additional reading support provided meant a student increased their Reading by two levels.
  • Behaviour improved through increased engagement.
  • Improved attendance.
  • Increased Speaking and Listening attainment by two levels for a student.
  • Improved confidence with Reading.
  • Improved attainment in Reading.
  • Social and emotional progress made by a student with severe ASD having accessed counselling.

Pupil Premium grant allocated to Shaftesbury High School for the academic year 2017/2018

The Pupil Premium amount allocated for the financial year 2017/2018 is £57,035.

How does Shaftesbury High School intend to spend future allocations of Pupil Premium?

  • Possibly for a part time SEN specialist teacher to boost English and Maths attainment in Year 7 with a view to developing this provision beyond Year 7.
  • Residential opportunities for students to further enrich the curriculum in order to develop life skills.

Pupil Premium strategy review date

The date of the next review of the school’s Pupil Premium strategy is December 2017.

If you would like any further details relating to the Pupil Premium, please contact the school office to make an appointment.

Please download our school improvement plan for 2017-19.

All schools have a Performance table that is published on the Department for Education’s website. Please click on this link to see Shaftesbury’s performance table.

Please click here to view the Self Evaluation Framework from September 2017.

We have uploaded a data summary that show our students’ progress over the 2015-16 academic year for the school as a whole.

The Government provides a literacy and numeracy catch up premium for Year 7 pupils who have not reached a level 4 in either reading or Maths which are considered as very important skills for life. The annual allocations for the literacy and numeracy catch up premium are made at the start of each calendar year based on the autumn census returns and the Key Stage 2 assessments.

The allocated premium for the academic year 2016/2017 is £10,648. At Shaftesbury High School, this funding is used to enable Personalised Additional Learning Support (PALS) for Reading and Maths.

The Year 7 Catch-Up is explained in the Pupil Premium report which details the impact of utilising the funding. Please click here to view the Pupil Premium report.