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  • Cirencester Deer Park School
    Stroud Road
    GL7 1XB
  • Head: Ms Henson
  • T 01285 653447
  • F 01285 640669
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 16.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Gloucestershire
  • Pupils: 965
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: Late September
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 2
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 2
    • 1 Short inspection 16th May 2017
    • 2 Full inspection 21st June 2013

    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: Outstanding on 13th May 2010
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

In place of a motto has a rather gnomic phrase beneath its name: ‘More than a visible curriculum’. It may not be catchy but the key words here are ‘more than’ - the head is determined to grasp every opportunity that’s going to broaden and widen the educational experience of local children. Not culturally diverse and the head feels that the award of International School is particularly important - trips abroad are made available to pupils who wouldn’t normally get such opportunities...

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What the school says...

Converted to an academy 2011.

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Since 2003, Ms Chiquita Henson. Read English at Sheffield, PGCE at Bristol. Has taught at Deer Park since 1989 and was deputy head from 1994. Friendly, open and very professional, she was described by a pupil as ‘not scary but she gets respect’. Just managing the school’s awards and status changes must be a full-time job, but she teaches the occasional lesson and goes on a weekly ‘learning walk’ where, unannounced, she observes teaching and learning in a particular year group and ‘feeds back to staff’. Beyond school she is involved in consultancy, initial teacher training and is trustee of a local educational charity. When asked what makes a good teacher she opts for ‘vocation and inspiration, people who give their knowledge but also a little bit of themselves’. Seems to give Deer Park...

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Special Education Needs

Cirencester Deer Park School provides a range of provision for pupils with special educational needs. We are a high achieving school and our value added work is testament to this. However our intake profile shows that on entry to the school we have a fully comprehensive population covering a range of abilities. The provision for SEN falls broadly into two categories: Learning Support and Inclusion Support. These fall under the responsibility of the Deputy Head: Pupil Services who is also responsible for the pastoral teams - Heads of Year, tutors etc. Learning Support: this area provides support for pupils with specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia), general learning difficulties, autistic spectrum disorders, dyspraxia, etc. Our provision ranges from in-class support to withdrawal for targeted small groups. We have a LIFT (Learning in the Fast Track) programme in KS3 which gives an intensive literacy input to targeted pupils which is very successful. We offer alternative curriculum pathways to pupils at Key Stage 4 in order to match their learning needs. Inclusion Support: this area provides support for pupils with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties and involves intensive work, usually on a one to one basis with specialist staff who can offer counselling, behaviour modification, anger management and work on self awareness. The two areas are not mutually exclusive and work together, often with outside agencies, to ensure good provision for all pupils with special and differing needs at Deer Park. Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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