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.