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About Aidenswood

Name Aidenswood
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Ms Marion Goodwin
Address 48 Parson Street, Congleton, CW12 4ED
Phone Number 01260297495
Phase Independent (special)
Type Other independent special school
Age Range 11-17
Religious Character None
Gender Boys
Number of Pupils 4 (100% boys)
Local Authority Cheshire East

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Senior leaders promote a positive attitude to success for all pupils. Adults share a strong commitment to ensuring that all pupils feel safe, enjoy school and are proud of what they achieve. Staff go about their work with absolute determination, and with the highest expectation of what pupils can achieve. Pupils make excellent progress. All pupils arrive with attainment well below what is expected for their age. The vast majority thrive at the school and gain places at colleges. The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is outstanding. Staff enable pupils to re-engage with learning. Teachers are highly skilled at tailoring their teaching to pupils’ individual needs. Pupils’ progress is checked closely. Leaders adopt a holistic approach towards pupils’ academic, personal and emotional development. The academic checking system has been recently adjusted to take account of new GCSE specifications. The school leaves nothing to chance when it comes to safeguarding. Work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding. As a result, the school operates as a calm, harmonious community, where behaviour is excellent. The curriculum is designed to match precisely the needs and interests of pupils. It has an excellent focus on developing pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills along with a wealth of other opportunities. The exemplary partnership between the care staff, therapist and education staff results in pupils who experience success and grow in self-esteem and self-confidence. Leadership and management of the highest quality means that the school has maintained outstanding provision. It has built successfully on the many strengths demonstrated at the previous inspection. The proprietor, head of education, deputy head of education and headteacher are highly effective in ensuring that the independent school standards are met. 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.

Information about this school

The school is part of the Hexagon Care group. The school caters for small groups of boys who have very complex social, emotional and mental health needs, and who have struggled in previous educational placements. The school employs a team of therapists and works very closely with care staff, who are on-site. The school does not offer a post-16 curriculum. Pupils over the age of 16 continue to follow a key stage 4 curriculum because of earlier gaps in their education.