Alchemy School

Name Alchemy School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 09 July 2019
Address 72 Station Road, Teynham, Sittingbourne, ME9 9SN
Phone Number 01795521941
Type Independent
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character Not applicable
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Kent
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Alchemy School occupies a former doctors’ surgery in Teynham, Kent. Following registration in December 2018, the school accepted pupils from February 2019. It caters for pupils in need of an alternative educational programme, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) such as social, emotional and mental health difficulties. The school offers provision for full- and part-time pupils. Some outreach is also provided. The school does not currently have any pupils on roll beyond Year 10, although it is registered to provide for students up to 19 years old. A high proportion of pupils have an EHC plan. The school does not have a website. The school’s proprietor is L&P Educational Services Limited, which comprises the headteacher and one other director. The school is led by the leadership team and supported by an ‘advisory council’.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher has a clear vision for high-quality education to meet the complex needs of the pupils who attend Alchemy School. Leaders have strong links with locality partners and colleagues, who are supporting the development of provision well. The safeguarding of pupils, both in and outside of school, is of central importance. Staff respond quickly and effectively to any concerns. The curriculum has been well developed to interest pupils and help them to meet their future goals and aspirations. The needs of pupils with an education, health and care plan (EHC plan) who attend the school are met well. Staff pay careful attention to pupils’ individual needs. Pupils behave well. They are supported in developing appropriate behaviours by the high and consistent expectations of staff. Parents are fully supportive of the school. All of those who completed the Ofsted survey, Parent View, would recommend it. Although many pupils are new to the school, work in their books shows good progress from their starting points. Pupils’ progress in reading is less evident. Pupils enjoy coming to school. Nevertheless, for many, regular attendance remains a challenge. Leaders are aware of the need to continually explore individual barriers to attendance, and to reduce these wherever possible. Teaching builds on pupils’ prior learning through careful assessment and consideration of pupils’ needs. However, sometimes the targets set for pupils lack the necessary precision to help them to know what they need to do to improve. The school development plan is not yet fully formed. As yet, limited outcomes information is available. Leaders are aware of the need to analyse outcomes in order to develop provision, evaluate performance and inform next steps. Wisely, the advisory committee has been set up to provide leaders with support and challenge. The group’s members currently lack clarity about their roles. They do not have the information they need to hold leaders to account effectively. 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.