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posted 7 Jul 2014, 00:01 by   [ updated 31 Jan 2017, 05:05 by Web Admin ]

Pioneer is a good school with aspects of outstanding practice.

At the recent Ofsted inspection (19 – 20 June 2014) inspectors found that pupils make good progress and learn important skills for their future lives. They felt that those with the most profound needs made outstanding progress because of the quality of joint working between school staff and specialist therapists. They also said that the pupils make outstanding progress in their social and personal development as a result of the very considerable care and respect afforded to them by all staff. Relationships between pupils and with staff were also considered to be outstanding.

The report also complimented the way that teachers and teaching assistants met the wide range of needs within classes and found that teaching was consistently good and occasionally outstanding. They also commented on the good provision at the Early Years and Foundation Stage and at post 16, which they felt prepared students effectively for when they transfer to the next stage of their education or training.

Inspectors were also impressed by the attitude of the students, describing them as keen to learn and well mannered, stating that misbehaviour was uncommon. They felt that behaviour management was excellent with a positive approach from staff that got the best form pupils. The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure was also felt to be outstanding.

Inspectors also commented that the school accommodation and resources are of exceptional quality and support the curriculum very well.

To improve further the inspectors feel we need to raise pupils’ progress and attainment by ensuring more teaching is outstanding. They also say we need to ensure the school improvement plans focus on the most important areas of pupils’ learning

The inspection team was led by the Chief Inspector for SEN & Disability and his endorsement of the very good work of the school and the many positive comments within the report is cause for congratulations to all concerned.

A copy of the full report can be found by clicking here.

3rd Millennium Learning Award

posted 29 Jul 2013, 05:57 by Web Admin   [ updated 31 Jan 2017, 05:10 by Nicholas Basson ]

I am delighted and extremely proud to tell you that Pioneer has been awarded the prestigious 3rd Millennium Learning Award from Naace - The ICT Association. The school was presented with the Award in front of a large and enthusiastic audience at BETT on 1st February 2013. For more information about the award click here.

Thoughts of Parents/Carers following our Festival of Arts Week (June 2012)

Thoughts of Parents/Carers following a viewing of the Pioneer School documentary (June 2012)

Guide to Benefit Changes from 2013

posted 29 Jul 2013, 05:55 by Web Admin   [ updated 29 Jul 2013, 05:56 ]

There are lots of  changes being made to welfare benefits over the next few years.  The attached guide below has information about these changes and how they might affect you.

The information is correct at the time of writing (January 2013) but may be subject to change as the Government responds to consultations.

ICT Mark

posted 29 Jul 2013, 03:15 by Web Admin   [ updated 31 Jan 2017, 05:05 ]

Following an extensive external assessment in July 2010, we were delighted to be awarded the prestigious ICT Mark by Becta, the government-funded body responsible for promoting the use of ICT in Britain’s schools and colleges. The award recognises our positive approach to ICT and the benefits it is bringing to our children. The award also recognises the school’s success in developing the strategic use of ICT in both administration and across the curriculum and parents can be assured that their children are attending a school at the forefront of modern technology.

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