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  • Penn Hall School
    Vicarage Road
    WV4 5HP
  • Head: Fiona Gillespie
  • T 01902 558355
  • F 01902 558363
  • E
  • 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 (50 boys, 31 girls); sixth formers: 19
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: June and July
  • 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 13th June 2017
    • 2 Full inspection 1st March 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 27th January 2010
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

One student got an A* GCSE in maths recently. ‘Can’t speak, can’t walk, can’t use his hands and got diabetes to boot,’ Mr Parry said proudly. Some children do work experience at school, although staff prefer them to get a taste of working life outside Penn Hall. Sixth formers get to set up their own company, learning about business in the real world. Grounds incorporate woodland trail, inspired by forest school philosophy — students enjoy getting thoroughly grubby while digging, mud painting and building dens. Specially-adapted zipwire, abseil slope and…

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Since September 2017, Fiona Gillespie, previously head teacher at Fairview School in Perth, Scotland. BA in English and politics from Leicester Polytechnic (now De Montfort University) and PGCE from Leicester University. Has also been associate and deputy head at Sherbourne Fields School in Coventry.

Academic matters

Community special school for pupils from 3 to 19 with physical disabilities, complex medical needs and moderate to severe learning difficulties. Wide academic range — most working at P stage (performance scales), some up to A level. National curriculum followed where possible, with additional school curriculum that includes social and life skills. French taught at key stages 2 and 3 by subject specialist and learning is supported by trips to France.

Average eight pupils per class, with one teacher and two or three teaching assistants. Classes...

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