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  • Redwood Park Academy
    Wembley Grove
    PO6 2RY
  • Head: Mrs Alison Beane
  • T 023 9237 7500
  • F 023 9220 1104
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A special state school for pupils aged from 11 to 16 with moderate learning difficulties and complex needs
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Portsmouth
  • Pupils: 140
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 29th January 2015
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 14th October 2011
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

It’s a rare special school which asks us to schedule our visit around the GCSE exams – but students here may be taking up to six. ‘Has a real community and family feel to it. Warm and inviting. A happy child gets dropped into school. The same happy child comes out at the end of the day,’ a mother said. Trips have included visits to France, Iceland, and a joint geography and science trip to CERN in Switzerland, with Russia next on the list.  We think this is…

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What the school says...

The school caters for pupils with a wide range of learning difficulties.

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Executive Headteacher

Alison Beane is executive head of the three Portsmouth special schools in the Solent Academy Trust – Mary Rose Academy, Cliffdale Primary Academy and more, recently, Redwood Park Academy. She moved to Portsmouth from Buckinghamshire and eventually settled on the Isle of Wight, enjoying commuting by hovercraft.

She is married with three grown up children and four 'lovely grandchildren'. In her limited spare time she enjoys exploring the island and its beaches and country walks. She also decorates celebration cakes and loves to cook.

Head of school is Jo Tondeur, originally from London and a teacher for more than 20 years. She has worked in both mainstream and special schools in Surrey, Berkshire and Dorset. She lives with her husband in Bournemouth, within walking distance to...

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

Redwood Park is a community special school providing for pupils from eleven to sixteen years who have special educational needs. Pupils have moderate learning difficulties including complex needs and autistic spectrum disorders. All children have a statement of special educational needs and some have behaviour problems.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
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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Interpreting catchment maps

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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.

Children get into the school from here:

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