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  • Chadsgrove School
    Meadow Road
    B61 0JL
  • Head: Ms D Rattley
  • T 01527 871511
  • F 01527 579 341
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.chadsgrove…
  • A special state school for children aged 2 to 19 who have physical disabilities and/or complex medical needs
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Worcestershire
  • Pupils: 142
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 2
    • 1 Short inspection 4th March 2020
    • 2 Full inspection 13th November 2012

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 26th April 2010
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

One mother noted that since joining the school her son has gained confidence: 'He's learning to reach out for things, he has become more sociable and generally happier.' Children told us: 'Everybody gets along' and 'It's a really happy place'. This is a busy school with children engaged all the time. Many need wheelchairs or other support equipment so corridors and classrooms are crowded and some are moved around on specialist beds so they can lie down...



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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2009, Deb Rattley, previously deputy head at Sunfield, a special school in Clent, Stourbridge, which offers 52 week residential provision for young people with autism and complex needs.

Admired by staff, parents and governors, Rattley is exceptionally well organised and encourages her staff to follow this example. Every piece of administration seems to be in the correct, clearly labelled folder in her office and while you suspect she has every detail of every pupil and every member of staff in her head, it is reassuring to know that she can pull out supporting evidence without pausing for breath. This may be why Ofsted likes the school so much.

Judged as outstanding in every category in 2012, school was inspected again in 2016 when inspectors added: 'It...

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

The Good Schools Guide writes: Chadsgrove School Specialist Sports College is a special school for pupils with a physical disability. The school has some specialist provision for pupils with sensory impairments. Many pupils have additional needs including: epilespy, communication or learning difficulties. The majority of children have cerebral palsy, some have spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, cardiac problems etc. According to the school prospectus, the school has a number of specialist areas including a swimming/hydrotherapy pool, food technology room, an art/design technology room, a science room, a multi-sensory room, a soft play room and a resource base for the teacher for children with visual impairments plus medical and physiotherapy rooms and an occupational therapy/speech and language therapy base. Quite a high proportion of pupils use wheelchairs including electric wheelchairs, however, some pupils are fully ambulant with less severe physical disability. Chadsgrove claims to be a true comprehensive school in that a number of children are studying Entry Level G.C.S.E. courses, whilst some others may experience moderate or more severe and complex difficulties with their learning. The school makes a significant contribution to outreach: supporting over 230 children. The majority of these pupils have cerebral palsy but others may have spina bifida, arthritis, or other forms of physical disability. Some may have experienced traumatic injury or have a temporary disabling condition. Quite a number have limited mobility and a few use wheelchairs regularly. Some, but not all, have statements of special educational needs maintained by the LEA. The school holds a number of awards including: Investors in People, Eco Schools and Sportsmark Gold.

Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

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