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  • Marshfields School
    Eastern Close
    PE1 4PP
  • Head: Mrs Janet James
  • T 01733 568058
  • F 01733 553855
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  • A special state school for pupils aged from 11 to 19 with moderate learning difficulties
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Peterborough
  • Pupils: 177 boys and girls; sixth formers: 42
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • 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 27th September 2016
    • 2 Full inspection 14th 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: Satisfactory on 12th May 2011
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Lots of school trips organised including an annual residential for each pupil regardless ability to pay. ‘My son didn’t want to go on the residential trip as it took him out of his comfort zone. He was terrified but absolutely loved it in the end, and that’s down to the caring, superb staff,’ from one parent. A cabinet full of silverware shows they’re a sporty lot here. Active football and basketball teams. Music and performing arts including dance very well supported. Lots of…

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Since 2006, Janet James. Trained at Bedford College as a PE teacher and taught in mainstream until heading to Australia where she taught disadvantaged children. Returned to the UK, specialised and did postgrad in dance movement therapy. Spent 18 years as head in a secure unit locally before coming to Marshfields. ‘Every child needs a chance and they get it here.’ Has made changes to Marshfields by balancing academic achievements with life and social skills. ‘We make sure that those who can achieve academically do so.’

Works with a limited budget. Introduced a café on Fridays by converting a community room each week and introduced horticulture to the curriculum, also adding a polytunnel.

Academic matters

All pupils are statemented for moderate learning difficulties and are low level on the national curriculum. Almost a...

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Special Education Needs

Marshfields is a predominantly secondary, day school for students aged between 10 and 19 years with moderate learning needs and global delay. Students also have additional difficulties associated with their personal, social and emotional development and may have other challenges arising out of sensory or physical needs. The school has its own dedicated post 16 provision for up to 50 students. This includes a federation arrangement with Peterborough Regional College. Marshfields is also a Specialist Technology College, providing significant learning opportunities to its family of schools, the local community and the wider region. The school has won a number of prestigious awards; most recently, it was included in Ofsted's honours list of the schools that had 2 or more outstanding inspections.

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
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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