In September 2016 the school had a disappointing full Ofsted inspection (the report can be downloaded below). In June 2017 we were re-inspected (Progress Monitoring Inspection) and the outcome was that the school now meets all previously unmet standards . The 2016 inspectors visited the school at a particularly challenging time, where there were specific issues of self harm and strategies in place to manage these in line with STORM risk assessment, but the inspectors did not feel this approach met safeguarding and leadership standards. As a school, we are proud that we stick with young people in situations many other educational providers would not. However, there was also significant learning for the school from this inspection, which was also a wake up call to develop our offer and provision more formally. We are confident that what we now offer is educationally sound, safe and ensures young people are ready to learn for life, and look forward to that being reflected in our next full inspection due probably summer 2018.
There were findings of the 2016 report we were proud of as indicators of the way we approach our teaching and learning :
- “Effective teaching enables pupils to make good progress in basic skills from their often very low starting points”
- “School staff respond very quickly to individual needs, often adjusting lessons and timetables at very short notice, to help pupils remain engaged in their learning”
- “Good relationships between staff and pupils ensure that pupils feel safe and well supported in times of need.”
- “Pupils, often with a significant history of disrupted education, learn to like school, engage with learning and develop skills to help them for their future.”