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  • Fosse Way School
    Longfellow Road
    Radstock
    Bath
    Somerset
    BA3 3AL
  • Head: Mrs Emily Massey
  • T 01761 412198
  • F 01761 411751
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.fossewayschool.co.uk
  • A state special school for boys and girls aged from 3 to 19. Type of SEN provision: ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder; MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Bath and North East Somerset
  • Pupils: 204
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 2
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 2
    • 1 Short inspection 7th November 2017
    • 2 Full inspection 9th July 2014

    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 5th March 2009
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

We were particularly impressed with the sixth form enterprise. Their Christmas creations of cushions, plant pots and decorations made more than £1,000. Staff are now planning a stall at Bath market for next year. And a recent sale of homegrown plants and produce made more than £500. They even have their own website to advertise their products and post how-to blogs.

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Executive principal

Since 2017, Emily Massey. No stranger to Fosse Way, Emily started as a teacher 14 years ago (after one day as a supply teacher she was sold), swiftly moving on to become subject coordinator, assistant principal and vice principal. Next she became principal of Mendip School, Shepton Mallet before taking on the role of executive principal of both schools in 2017. Worked in several mainstream schools in both the UK and Australia before joining Fosse Way.

Parents agree she is ‘very professional and supportive’. Lives in Bath, and enjoys football (as a spectator only) and running 10Ks and half marathons.

Academic matters

Fosse Way School is a specialist school for 4-19 year-olds. Around 75 per cent of pupils have autism and associated needs. Pupils here have a range of abilities although those...

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

Fosse Way is a school for children and young people with severe and complex learning difficulties, including autistic spectrum disorders, aged 3 - 19 years old. There is also a weekly boarding facility for up to 14 pupils requiring 24-hour structured and consistent learning environment. Fosse Way has a Specialist Technology College Status. We are a comparatively small school of about 110 pupils. The staff and governors aim to provide our young people with an education that is broadly based and tailored to meet individual needs. We create a caring, happy and positive atmosphere in which a child may fulfil his/her potential and grow in self-confidence and respect for the people and environment around them. We believe strongly in working with local schools and the wider community, supporting students with special needs by offering expertise, training and resources.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
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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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.

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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.

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