School Context


Context of the school:

The school is situated in rural Morton-on-Swale, a small village on the A684 approximately 3 miles from Northallerton. We have a very large catchment area of roughly 1015 square miles with a small total population of 138,300. The school is one of four North Yorkshire (NY) Authority 2-19 Severe Learning Difficulties special schools with generic sixth form provision.

Attainment on entry is significantly below age related expectations for all pupils throughout the whole school. A large proportion of pupils have significant medical needs and for some, the combination of their needs, mean they progress on a horizontal level. Some pupils are placed in the EYFS department on an assessment basis. Intake of most of the students in the Sixth Form is from the local Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD) School.

October 2017 Census data:

Number on Roll 52

63% boys and 37% girls

31% are Sixth Form

100% have an Education, Health and Care Plan or a statement of special educational needs

Primary Need:

35% Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD)

17% Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD)

13% Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD)

21% Autism (ASD)

10% Physical Disability (PD)

2% Multi-Sensory Impairment (MSI)

2% Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)

96% have English as their first language

92% are from White - British background

4% are from Any Other White Background

2% are from Any Other Black Background

2% are from Any Other Mixed Background

17% are entitled to free school meals (6% are entitled to Pupil Premium)

17% are from services families (15% are entitled to Service Pupil Premium)

10% are Looked After Children (LAC)

Further background information:

The schools Mapping and Assessing Personal Progress (MAPP) is published by EQUALS and a case study features under assessment in the most recent Teaching Development Agency (TDA) materials. The assessment system is widely used and over 300 copies have been sold.


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