Act Fast

Name Act Fast
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 09 July 2019
Address Kieradan Park, North Moor Lane, Messingham, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, DN17 3PS
Phone Number Unknown
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 11-25
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority North Lincolnshire
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Act Fast is situated on one site within a 20-acre, rural setting and caters for pupils who are school refusers, at risk of permanent exclusion, have been permanently excluded or require sixth day provision following an exclusion. The school was first registered by the Department for Education in October 2018. This inspection was its first standard inspection. The school accepts pupils who are referred from local authorities, schools or other referring agencies such as social care. The school can accommodate up to 36 pupils on site a day and can have a larger number on roll, to accommodate a range of full-time and part-time pupils. Pupils are aged between 11 and 16 years. The school caters for pupils who have a variety of special educational needs, including specific learning difficulties, moderate learning difficulties, behavioural, emotional and social difficulty and autism spectrum disorder. The school does not have a religious character. The school does not use any alternative provision. The school provides pupils with activities relating to forest school work and developing motocross skills alongside academic work. Pupils currently take part in physical education on the school premises. In addition, pupils access local sports and gym facilities for additional physical education activities.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Directors, leaders and staff have an absolute passion and commitment to do the best for their pupils. They model the school’s ethos well. Leaders have devised a unique curriculum which provides pupils with a range of appropriate learning opportunities including motocross and forest school activities. A programme of visits enhances pupils’ appreciation of the world. Pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain, and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is fostered well. Directors and leaders have ensured that the independent school standards are met. Safeguarding arrangements are particularly effective because leaders have created a learning environment where pupils feel supported and safe. Staff are vigilant and teach pupils how to keep themselves safe. Behaviour is good because of leaders’ high expectations. Motocross activities offer strong incentives as well as building confidence and resilience. Pupils enjoy these activities and most become proficient in motorcycle maintenance and are competent riders. Parents and carers comment that the school has transformed their children’s lives. They value the regular communication and support that the school provides. Staff teamwork is very strong, and this makes a considerable difference to pupils’ personal and academic progress. Lessons are meticulously planned to meet pupils’ needs. However, the assessment and tracking of pupils’ progress are complex as a result of the curriculum design. Leaders do not yet have a fully accurate picture of the progress that pupils make. Progress, particularly in English, is sometimes reduced because : opportunities to deepen thinking are limited. Teachers value the opportunities that leaders provide for professional development. The development of staff’s knowledge and skills of how to work effectively with the wide range of special educational needs that the growing school population presents is developing. The school’s self-evaluation processes are in an early stage of development. Leaders aim to use new computer systems to help them set more precise targets for future improvements. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.