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Maplefields School
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phone: 01536 *** ***

headteacher: Mrs L Morgan


school holidays: via Northamptonshire council

— Community Special School

Establishment type
Community Special School
Establishment #
Open date
Sept. 1, 1997
Close date
Aug. 31, 2012
Reason closed
Academy Converter
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 487607, Northing: 288111
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 52.484, Longitude: -0.71135
Accepting pupils
3—18 years old
Ofsted last inspection
Dec. 15, 2009
Region › Const. › Ward
East Midlands › Corby › Kingswood
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Main specialism
SEN behavioural, emotional and social development (Operational)
SEN priorities
BESD - Behaviour, Emotional and Social Difficulty
Special classes
Has Special Classes
Learning provider ref #

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Schools nearby

  1. Hazel Leys Infant School NN180QP
  2. 0.1 miles Hazel Leys Nursery and Primary School NN180QF (259 pupils)
  3. 0.1 miles Hazel Leys Junior School NN180QF
  4. 0.4 miles St Patrick's Catholic Primary School, Corby NN189NT (254 pupils)
  5. 0.5 miles Corby Kingswood Primary School NN189BE
  6. 0.5 miles Kingswood Primary Academy NN189BE (257 pupils)
  7. 0.6 miles Kingswood Community Junior School NN189BE
  8. 0.7 miles Exeter Primary School NN188DL
  9. 0.7 miles Exeter Junior School NN188DL
  10. 0.7 miles St Brendan's Catholic Junior School NN180AZ
  11. 0.7 miles St Brendan's Catholic Primary School NN180AZ (307 pupils)
  12. 0.7 miles Exeter - A Learning Community Academy NN188DL (565 pupils)
  13. 0.8 miles Beanfield Infant School NN180LJ
  14. 0.8 miles Beanfield Community College NN180NG
  15. 0.8 miles Beanfield Junior School NN180LJ
  16. 0.8 miles Queen Elizabeth School NN171NE
  17. 0.8 miles Forest Gate School NN171TR
  18. 0.8 miles Corby Community College NN171NE
  19. 0.8 miles Beanfield Primary School NN180LJ
  20. 0.8 miles Maplefields School NN180TH (100 pupils)
  21. 0.8 miles Beanfield Primary School NN180LJ (543 pupils)
  22. 0.8 miles Corby Primary Academy NN188QA (92 pupils)
  23. 0.9 miles Our Lady and Pope John Catholic Secondary School NN180TF
  24. 0.9 miles Firdale School NN171TD

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Maplefields School

Inspection report

Unique Reference Number131186
Local AuthorityNorthamptonshire
Inspection number341105
Inspection dates15–16 December 2009
Reporting inspectorJeffery Plumb

This inspection of the school was carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005.
Type of schoolSpecial
School categoryCommunity
Age range of pupils5–16
Gender of pupilsMixed
Number of pupils on the school roll74
Appropriate authorityThe governing body
ChairChristopher Jervis
HeadteacherLynda Morgan
Date of previous school inspection 8 November 2006
School addressSchool Place
Gainsborough Road, Corby
Telephone number01536 409040
Fax number01536 409041
Email address reveal email: h…

Age group5–16
Inspection dates15–16 December 2009
Inspection number341105

© Crown copyright 2009


This inspection was carried out by two additional inspectors. The inspectors visited 11 lessons, and held meetings with the chair of the governing body, the school's social worker, staff focus groups and members of the senior leadership team. They observed the school's work, and looked at a wide range of evidence, including the data on pupils' progress, attendance information and exclusion records. They also examined pupils' behaviour plans, risk assessments, school safeguarding policies and the action plan for community cohesion. The school development plan and curriculum documents were evaluated and pupils' files and their work were looked at. Ten parent questionnaires were analysed. Inspectors spent time looking at the transport arrangements at the end of the day.

The inspection team reviewed many aspects of the school's work. It looked in detail at the following:

    • pupil progress over time by scrutinising the data held by the school
    • the attendance data, particularly the analysis around pupils with poor attendance, and the school's strategies to improve attendance
    • the school's strategies to improve pupils' behaviour, confidence and self-esteem
    • the school's strategy to promote community cohesion

Information about the school

Maplefields School provides for pupils with severe behavioural, emotional and social difficulties. All pupils have a statement for their special educational needs. The school has changed its character since the time of the last inspection when it made provision for primary aged pupils. In April 2007, it merged with a secondary school, which made provision for pupils with severe emotional and behavioural difficulties. Provision for pupils is currently made on three different sites and, in addition, a proportion of pupils in Years 10 and 11 attend local colleges as part of their educational programme. There is a plan to provide for all pupils in one new purpose school building from September 2011. The majority of pupils come from White British backgrounds and none come from families where English is not the home language. The proportion of pupils entitled to free school meals is significantly above the national average. There are nine looked after pupils and boys considerably outnumber girls. The majority of pupils come from north Northamptonshire, but a few travel long distances from Leicester and Rutland.

Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory, and 4 is inadequate
Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms

Inspection judgements

Overall effectiveness: how good is the school?


The school's capacity for sustained improvement


Main findings

Maplefields School provides an outstanding quality of education. Each pupil, no matter how disaffected with learning on entry to the school, is viewed as a person with the potential to learn and succeed. A totally dedicated education staff and a wide range of support agencies work in an outstandingly effective partnership. This has the effect of removing the barriers to learning for pupils related to their emotional and behavioural difficulties and equipping them to become confident and independent learners. As pupils gain confidence and their self-esteem improves they begin to believe in themselves again. The vast majority engage with learning and achieve amazing academic success measured against their low starting points. They become mature young people who make a valuable difference in their school community. Parents say, 'Our children flourish at this school'.

Pupils make outstanding progress because of the nurturing, caring and challenging learning environment within this school. Flexible planning enables pupils to experience curriculum programmes, which they view as relevant and this motivates them to learn. Since the merger, when attendance took a down turn, it has improved very significantly each year due the effective strategies put in place by the school. However, there are still just a few pupils with a poor attendance record which impacts adversely on their learning. Teaching in most lessons sparkles and successfully engages pupils' interest and so accelerates their learning. The magical ingredient in the outstandingly successful teaching is the meticulous matching of assessment of what pupils need to learn to relevant activities to enable that learning to take place. For example, in an outstanding Year 6 mathematics lesson, a dynamic start fully grasped the interest of each pupil. The teacher then gave each pupil a task based on a highly accurate assessment of what they needed to learn. By the end of the lesson each pupil made outstanding progress measured against their planned learning outcomes related to data handling and graph work.

Analysis of the school's performance in every aspect of its work is thorough, detailed and evidence based. The headteacher provides exceptional leadership. Deeply reflective and passionate that every pupil will realise her or his full potential, the headteacher ensures that the views of pupils, parents and carers, governors and staff feed actions for improvement. Pupils say that their involvement in important decisions about their education and the way their school is run helps them to take on responsibility and contributes very significantly to their improved behaviour. Decisive actions following robust self-evaluation result in significant improvements. For example, having recently identified a group of pupils in Key Stage 4 who were beginning to lose interest in school an alternative curriculum was designed to better meet their needs. This curriculum has improved their attendance, increased their motivation to learn and raised their achievement. Given the success of actions to raise pupil achievement and improve behaviour since the merger, the capacity for sustained improvement is outstanding, as is the value for money.

What does the school need to do to improve further?

  • Improve attendance, particularly of those very few pupils who are persistently absent from school, so as to raise their achievement.

Outcomes for individuals and groups of pupils


All groups of pupils make outstanding progress in learning in lessons. Attainment on entry is variable, but most pupils have significant gaps in their knowledge in key areas of learning when they join the school. This is because they have been unsettled emotionally and often missed much schooling previously. Consequently, most enter with low attainment. Pupils are tested to establish what gaps they have for their age in English and mathematics. Teachers then use this information in their planning exceptionally well to support each pupil in plugging those gaps and so each pupil makes outstanding progress. The school's tracking data show just how successful the school is in enabling the vast majority of pupils to make good the learning they have missed and their progress in reading, writing and mathematics is outstanding. The vast majority of pupils exceed their challenging annual targets. From pupils' starting points on entry, the vast majority of pupils reach broadly average standards by the time they leave school. Those with additional special educational needs and/or disabilities are given targeted, extra support and make rapid gains with their reading and spelling. Specific programmes for the few girls on roll grasp their interest and so accelerate their learning. By the end of Key Stage 4, Entry Level qualifications and GCSE passes in a wide range of subjects, measured against pupils' starting points, are very good. In art, physical education and mathematics, pupils excel in GCSE and a few reach standards above the national average. Pupils also successfully achieve nationally recognised accreditation in a wide range of vocational subjects. By the time they move on to further education colleges, the vast majority of pupils are very well equipped for their next steps of learning.

Overwhelmingly, pupils enjoy school and have positive attitudes to learning. Behaviour is good. This is a credit to the successful implementation of the school's behaviour management strategies, as provision is made for pupils with very challenging behaviours. Pupils told inspectors they feel safe at school and have trusted adults they can talk with about any concerns they may have. They have a good understanding of the need to take regular exercise and the importance of choosing healthy food options. They learn how to open and manage a bank account and develop important life skills such as making a computer presentation to an audience. Through a wide range of opportunities, such as being buddies and visiting elderly citizens in a local care home pupils make a positive contribution to the community. Pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is good. The vast majority of pupils maturely reflect about things they do wrong, work them through and apologise. Their reflective writing on such occasions is very moving as they become determined to have a better attitude.

These are the grades for pupils' outcomes

Pupils' achievement and the extent to which they enjoy their learning
Taking into account:
          Pupils' attainment¹
          The quality of pupils' learning and their progress
          The quality of learning for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities and their progress
The extent to which pupils feel safe1
Pupils' behaviour2
The extent to which pupils adopt healthy lifestyles2
The extent to which pupils contribute to the school and wider community2
The extent to which pupils develop workplace and other skills that will contribute to their future economic well-being
Taking into account:
          Pupils' attendance¹
The extent of pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development2

1 The grades for attainment and attendance are: 1 is high; 2 is above average; 3 is broadly average; and 4 is low

How effective is the provision?

Overwhelmingly, the majority of lessons are exceptionally well planned. Activities are matched so well to pupils' needs so as to rapidly accelerate their learning. Teachers very skilfully use dynamic starts to the beginning of lessons to get pupils' attention and engage them in learning. Then they set them off to complete a range of exciting and interesting activities based on what they need to learn. Almost consistently across the whole school, pupils at the end of lessons evaluate the success in their learning. Learning assistants make a very valuable contribution to pupils' learning as well as supporting them to behave well. Expectations are high and teachers use challenging questions to extend pupils' learning. Relationships are a significant strong feature and, consequently, pupils are not afraid to make mistakes and develop the confidence and skills to self-correct and move on with their learning. Based on excellent subject knowledge, the teaching of art and physical education is consistently outstanding and contributes to the exceptional learning and high achievement of pupils in these subjects. On rare occasions, teachers talk for far too long in lessons and on these occasions the pace of learning is slowed.

Flexible, but extremely well focused planning, lies at the heart of the outstandingly successful curriculum. The whole staff team 'think outside of the box' and plan to ensure that the curriculum meets the emotional and academic needs of the pupils. A programme targeted at disaffected pupils has paid great dividends in ensuring they attend school regularly and has significantly improved their confidence, life skills and academic achievement. 'Girl-friendly' modules ensure that girls, who are in a very significant minority in this school, are engaged in relevant learning and so achieve well. Therapy, particularly in addressing very complex emotional needs, is integral to the curriculum and this makes a very valuable contribution to improving how pupils feel about themselves. As pupils begin to feel positive the vast majority take off with their learning and often do as well as their peers in mainstream schools. Pupils in Years 10 and 11 access vocational courses at college where they are fully and confidently included with pupils from mainstream schools. Residential opportunities are planned to develop pupils social and team building skills and they are very successful in achieving this aim.

Very effective communication and working between educational staff, health professionals, social services and the youth offending team ensure that the care needs of the pupils are exceptionally well met. The social worker employed by the school is a pillar of strength in supporting pupils and their families. He very successfully facilitates an exciting programme of workshops to support parents and carers in helping their children with their emotional and behavioural difficulties and also to enhance their learning. Induction of pupils into the school is outstanding and they are well supported by peer buddies. An external careers adviser offers outstanding support for pupils when they move on to further education colleges.

These are the grades for the quality of provision

The quality of teaching
Taking into account:
          The use of assessment to support learning
The extent to which the curriculum meets pupils' needs, including, where relevant, through partnerships1
The effectiveness of care, guidance and support1

How effective are leadership and management?

The headteacher and the dedicated staff team, in partnership with the governors, have an exceptionally clear vision. This focuses on turning the lives around for pupils who struggle to access education because of a range of difficult circumstances in their lives. This vision is clearly realised in practice; the vast majority of pupils, who often join the school lacking in confidence, leave with good qualifications and an opportunity to succeed in life. Senior and middle managers are clear that the focus of their work is to improve learning for pupils. They regularly think and reflect with each other on how they can improve their teaching so that it is the very best. Equality of opportunity for all is a core value which pervades all activities in this school; this results in each pupil's individual needs being exceptionally well met. All pupils are treated with the utmost dignity and respect. Very effective procedures and management systems are in place to ensure pupils are safe and secure. At the time of the inspection, child protection procedures met government regulations. Risk assessments, including pupils' behaviour, are very thorough and detailed.

Partnerships with local businesses are very effective and used to fund project-based learning. There are detailed plans in place to launch a number of enterprise projects to equip pupils with the skills required in setting up and running a business. Outreach work into partner mainstream schools is outstanding and supports mainstream teachers in working with pupils at risk of exclusion. This work has reduced the number of exclusions within the partnership schools. A thorough audit has been carried out, and a detailed action plan has been drawn up, to promote community cohesion. The impact of the plan is good, particularly within the local and national communities. Governance is outstanding. The committee structure ensures that there are excellent systems in place to ensure that all statutory responsibilities are met. The highly skilled governing body strikes an excellent balance between support and challenge and asks searching questions of the senior leadership team. Governors are fully involved in all decision making and action planning and work with total commitment to ensure the very best provision for the pupils.

These are the grades for leadership and management

The effectiveness of leadership and management in embedding ambition and driving improvement
Taking into account:
          The leadership and management of teaching and learning
The effectiveness of the governing body in challenging and supporting the
school so that weaknesses are tackled decisively and statutory responsibilities met
The effectiveness of the school's engagement with parents and carers1
The effectiveness of partnerships in promoting learning and well-being1
The effectiveness with which the school promotes equality of opportunity and tackles discrimination1
The effectiveness of safeguarding procedures1
The effectiveness with which the school promotes community cohesion2
The effectiveness with which the school deploys resources to achieve value for money1

Views of parents and carers

Returns of the Ofsted questionnaire indicate that parents and carers are very pleased with what the school achieves for their children. Their views are exemplified by the comments: 'I think the school is fantastic!!! It is perfect for my child....they foster the "caring'' ethos throughout the curriculum and social events' and 'I think that if all schools were like Maplefields all our children would be in for a good start in life'. Inspectors agree with parents' views and evidence supports that they have every reason to be proud of what their children achieve at school. Inspectors found that through its social work activities, the school works very closely with parents and carers to help them support their children to engage again with learning and make a success of their lives.

Responses from parents and carers to Ofsted's questionnaire

Ofsted invited all the registered parents and carers of pupils registered at Maplefields School to complete a questionnaire about their views of the school.

In the questionnaire, parents and carers were asked to record how strongly they agreed with 13 statements about the school. The inspection team received 10 completed questionnaires by the end of the on-site inspection. In total, there are 74 pupils registered at the school.

My child enjoys school88011000110
The school keeps my child safe6604400000
My school informs me about my child's progress77022000110
My child is making enough progress at this school7703300000
The teaching is good at this school7703300000
The school helps me to support my child's learning77022000110
The school helps my child to have a healthy lifestyle8802200000
The school makes sure that my child is well prepared for the future (for example changing year group, changing school, and for children who are finishing school, entering further or higher education, or entering employment)6601100000
The school meets my child's particular needs77022000110
The school deals effectively with unacceptable behaviour7702200000
The school takes account of my suggestions and concerns77022000110
The school is led and managed effectively8802200000
Overall, I am happy with my child's experience at this school9900011000

The table above summarises the responses that parents and carers made to each statement. The percentages indicate the proportion of parents and carers giving that response out of the total number of completed questionnaires. Where one or more parents and carers chose not to answer a particular question, the percentages will not add up to 100%.


What inspection judgements mean

Grade 1OutstandingThese features are highly effective. An oustanding school provides exceptionally well for all its pupils' needs.
Grade 2GoodThese are very positive features of a school. A school that is good is serving its pupils well.
Grade 3SatisfactoryThese features are of reasonable quality. A satisfactory school is providing adequately for its pupils.
Grade 4InadequateThese features are not of an acceptable standard. An inadequate school needs to make significant improvement in order to meet the needs of its pupils. Ofsted inspectors will make further visits until it improves.

Overall effectiveness of schools inspected between September 2007 and July 2008

Overall effectiveness judgement (percentage of schools)
Type of schoolOutstandingGoodSatisfactoryInadequate
Nursery schools395830
Primary schools1350334
Secondary schools1740349
Sixth forms1843372
Special schools2654182
Pupil referral
All schools1549325

New school inspection arrangements were introduced on 1 September 2009. This means that inspectors now make some additional judgements that were not made previously.

The data in the table above were reported in the Annual Report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills 2007/08.

Percentages are rounded and do not always add exactly to 100. Secondary school figures include those that have sixth forms, and sixth form figures include only the data specifically for sixth form inspection judgements.

Common terminology used by inspectors


the progress and success of a pupil in their learning, development or training.


the standard of the pupils' work shown by test and examination results and in lessons.

Capacity to improve:

the proven ability of the school to continue improving. Inspectors base this judgement on what the school has accomplished so far and on the quality of its systems to maintain improvement.

Leadership and management:

the contribution of all the staff with responsibilities, not just the headteacher, to identifying priorities, directing and motivating staff and running the school.


how well pupils acquire knowledge, develop their understanding, learn and practise skills and are developing their competence as learners.

Overall effectiveness:

inspectors form a judgement on a school's overall effectiveness based on the findings from their inspection of the school. The following judgements, in particular, influence what the overall effectiveness judgement will be.

  • The school's capacity for sustained improvement.
  • Outcomes for individuals and groups of pupils.
  • The quality of teaching.
  • The extent to which the curriculum meets pupils' needs,  including, where relevant, through partnerships.
  • The effectiveness of care, guidance and support.

the rate at which pupils are learning in lessons and over longer periods of time. It is often measured by comparing the pupils' attainment at the end of a key stage with their attainment when they started.

This letter is provided for the school, parents and
carers to share with their children. It describes Ofsted's
main findings from the inspection of their school.

17 December 2009

Dear Pupils

Inspection of Maplefields School, Corby, NN18 0QP

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to your outstanding school. We think that Maplefields is a great place to be and we wish to thank all of you who took the time to talk with us about life at your school. You came across as mature young people with clear aspirations about what you want to achieve with your lives.

Here are the main points we found.

Your school is outstanding and provides you with lots of very interesting and exciting things to do, both within school and in the wider community.

You achieve exceptionally well in English, mathematics, art and physical education.

The teaching and care you receive are excellent.

Your behaviour is good and very significantly better than what it was in your previous schools.

You are happy, confident and your self-esteem is very good.

Your headteacher is amazing. She and her dedicated team of staff do everything they can to help you succeed and to make something worthwhile of your lives.

Your opportunities to gain awards, including those for acquiring vocational qualifications, are very good.

To support your outstanding school to become even better, I have asked your teachers and you to do everything to ensure that you all attend school regularly so that every one of you can achieve your very best.

Thank you once again for your help during this inspection. We felt privileged to meet you.

Yours sincerely

Jeff Plumb

Lead inspector

Any complaints about the inspection or the report should be made following the procedures set out in the guidance 'Complaining about inspections', which is available from Ofsted's website: If you would like Ofsted to send you a copy of the guidance, please telephone 08456 404045, or email reveal email: enqu…

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