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  • Marshfields School
    Eastern Close
    Dogsthorpe
    Peterborough
    Cambridgeshire
    PE1 4PP
  • Head: Mrs Janet James
  • T 01733 568058
  • F 01733 553855
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.marshfields.co.uk
  • A special state school for pupils aged from 11 to 19 with moderate learning difficulties
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Peterborough
  • Pupils: 177 ; 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 13th 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 11th May 2011
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

School trips include 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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What The Good Schools Guide says

Headteacher

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.

Academic matters

All pupils have moderate learning difficulties (and EHCPs) and work at lower levels of the national curriculum. Almost a third of pupils...

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Who came from where

Who goes where

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
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
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
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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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.

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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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