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  • Selly Oak Trust School
    Oak Tree Lane
    Selly Oak
    B29 6HZ
  • Head: Ms Julie Eaton
  • T 01214 720876
  • F 01214 152674
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A special state school for pupils aged from 9 to 19 with moderate to severe learning difficulties, autism, speech and language difficulties and behavioural, emotional and social difficulties
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Birmingham
  • Pupils: 392, two-thirds boys; all day; sixth formers: 93
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 6th June 2017
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 19th November 2013
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

School focuses more on what’s going on underneath their hair than on top. No gang-affiliated tattoos allowed on their heads, but shocking-pink dos are fine. Restorative approach to relationships within school, combining anger control, moral reasoning and social skills, with six staff members trained as ART (aggression replacement training) coordinators. School closes at three o’clock rather than half past to reduce costs. Most parents seem to understand, realising ...

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What the school says...

Selly Oak School is an extremely effective secondary special school offering a proper and complete education for pupils with a wide range of learning difficulties. We are an inclusive educational community where a child is valued, extended and developed.

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Julie Eaton


Must have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Academic qualifications not required for sixth form. No waiting, unless there’s not an appropriate place for your child’s individual needs. Most come from south Birmingham, a few from the other side of the city, and five or six from neighbouring authorities Sandwell and Worcester.

Wouldn’t suit those who need a small, quiet environment, as it’s a busy school, especially at lesson changeovers when there might be 200 students milling around the corridors. Doesn’t cater for those with significant behavioural challenges that may compromise other students’ safety.

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

Selly Oak School is an extremely effective secondary special school offering a proper and complete education for pupils with a wide range of learning difficulties including moderate and severe learning difficulties. Additionally pupils may have complex needs including speech/communication difficulties, sensory impairment and autistic spectrum disorders often with behavioural social and emotional difficulties. The majority of pupils have a Statement of Special Educational Need. We are an inclusive educational community where a child is valued, extended and developed. Selly Oak was one of Ofsted's particularly successful schools in 2004/5.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty Y
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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
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sometimes, but not in this year

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