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  • Penn Hall School
    Vicarage Road
    WV4 5HP
  • Head: Sarah Wilkinson - acting head
  • T 01902 558355
  • F 01902 558363
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A special state school for pupils aged from 3 to 19 with physical difficulties and complex medical needs
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Wolverhampton
  • Pupils: 81; sixth formers: 19
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: June and July
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 2
    • 1 Short inspection 13th June 2017
    • 2 Full inspection 28th February 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 26th January 2010
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

The school has extensive grounds with a woodland trail. Badgers have taken up residence and children have enjoyed watching them and their cubs. While they have no full time boarders, Penn Hall does have residential facilities which offer a chance to extend independent living skills. Students might come for a tea time visit, a sleepover or several consecutive nights. At the end of their time at Penn Hall young people will be used to making their own decisions and this may be challenging ...

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Acting head teacher is Sarah Wilkinson


Most of the young people are placed by Wolverhampton local authority and a few come from neighbouring authorities. Entry is all year round.

Children often start with weekly visits in the term before joining, and parents are invited to attend coffee mornings The paediatric consultant holds clinics at the school so families  have many opportunities to visit.

The redesignation is likely to mean it will be harder to get a place for children with physical disabilities but no concomitant learning or ASD spectrum difficulties.

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

Penn Hall School is a special school for students aged 3-19 with predominantly physical disabilities. Many have sensory and or communication impairments and associated learning difficulties. Dec 09.

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.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

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.

Children get into the school from here:

most years
quite often
sometimes, but not in this year

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