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  • Oakwood Academy
    Chatsworth Rd
    Ellesmere Park
    M30 9DY
  • Head: Mrs Amanda Nicholson
  • T 01619 212880
  • F 01619 212881
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  • A special state school for pupils aged from 9 to 18 with moderate and complex learning difficulties
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Salford
  • Pupils: 187; all statemented for special needs; sixth formers: 34
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 17th July 2013
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 3rd October 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Brightly coloured classrooms and corridors with laminated examples of students' work, educational information and photos - the high quality of the presentation is an indication of the respect shown to the pupils, who respond by never damaging the displays. Spacious classrooms with excellent ICT and other resources (several have cooking facilities). Competes with other MLD and mainstream schools at, eg, junior triathlon, cross-country, indoor rowing, boccia; successful at local and national level at disabled athletics.  Workshops and live performances by professional musicians...

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What the school says...

A Co-operative Learning Trust.
A Specialist Arts, Technology and Sports College.
Converted to an academy 2012.

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Executive principal

Since January 2011, Mrs Amanda Nicholson BA PGCE NPQH, postgrad qualifications in SEN (30s). Attended an RC school in Liverpool, studied politics and economics at Liverpool. Gap year spent in a mainstream school where she saw SEN children 'just being written off' propelled her to teach history in special needs schools in Sheffield and Rotherham and at the Northern Primary Support Centre for complex learning difficulties in Liverpool. Husband Keith is a police sergeant in St Helens; two young daughters. Enjoys travel, reading, yoga. Warm, approachable, deeply impressive commitment to giving SEN children 'the best education possible, so they have the best possible start in life'; equally impressive is her command of how to do it - much emphasis on family support.

Applied for academy conversion status, because she wanted...

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Special Education Needs

We cater for students with a range of special needs. All pupils have statements.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
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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