About Our School
Fosse Way has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, with about 198 pupils on roll from five different Local Authorities. The school caters for children aged 3-19 years who, for a variety of reasons, find it difficult to be successful within mainstream schools as full-time pupils. The school manages a satellite resource for students with Asperger syndrome at nearby Norton Hill School as well as provision at the Royal United Hospital, Bath offering transition into work for final year students. The school also has a residential area that caters for up to 11 secondary age youngsters.
Fosse Way School converted to an Academy on 1st of September 2011. The status allows the school to be more autonomous and to focus on initiatives that raise aspiration and achievement for children and young people with SEN locally, nationally and internationally. The school became part of The Bath and Mendip Partnership Trust, a multi-academy trust in September 2013.
Fosse Way School also gained Teaching School status in September 2011 through a “partnership” with Fiveways, another outstanding special school located in Yeovil, Somerset. Both schools have since become Teaching Schools in their own right with the Fosse Way based Teaching school being The Bath and Mendip Partnership Teaching School.
The school was inspected by OFSTED (July 2014) and was again judged to be “outstanding”. The progress pupils make at Fosse Way is well above average, with 40% or more of pupils reaching upper quartile targets (From the National Progression Guidance 2010-11 ) in English, Maths and Science , compared with 25% pupils achieving these targets nationally.
There are regular links with nearby schools and colleges. These include dual placements with mainstream schools for Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils and Key Stage 4 pupils attending link courses at Bath and Norton Radstock Colleges.
Fosse Way is a member of the Norton Radstock Network of 23 schools. Its aim is to work in cooperation to improve the quality of learning opportunities available to young people and teachers across the local area. Staff at Fosse Way maintain a high profile within the Network through outreach and provision of school-based training opportunities. The local authority has also commissioned Fosse Way to provide an outreach service to mainstream schools for the support of pupils with autism.
The staff and governors have high aspirations for our children and aim to provide a high quality, relevant and balanced education for all our pupils that focuses on individual, personal and academic achievement. Students are taught in small groups, usually with more than one member of staff in attendance. There is a happy and positive atmosphere in which children can fulfil their potential and grow in self-confidence with respect for the people and environment around them.
The school has an excellent reputation amongst parents and the local community. The quality of education on offer in a caring environment provides a positive choice for parents and young people. Fosse Way is committed to a strong partnership between home and school in order that pupils achieve high standards in all areas of the curriculum.