Alder Brook

Name Alder Brook
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 25 September 2012
Address Walnut Road, Winton, Salford, Lancashire, M30 8LE
Phone Number 01619212650
Type Pupil Referral Unit
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 34 (91% boys 9% girls)
Local Authority Salford
Percentage Free School Meals 70.6%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Alder Brook is a short-stay centre which provides for pupils who have either been, or are, at risk of being excluded from mainstream schools. The management committee is responsible for secondary pupil referral units as well as Alder Brook. All the pupils have behavioural, social and emotional difficulties and a minority have additional learning needs. Pupils usually stay at the unit for three terms. The large majority are dual registered with a mainstream school. A small minority have a statement of special educational needs. The majority of pupils are boys, most pupils are of White British origin and the majority are eligible for extra funds provided by the pupil premium. The acting deputy headteacher reverted to classteacher for the summer term 2012, after 18 months acting, when the seconded deputy returned. He became substantive deputy headteacher at the beginning of the autumn term 2012.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The vast majority of pupils return successfully to mainstream school or on to other provision which meets their needs. Progress in personal development for the vast majority of pupils is good and outstanding for some. Pupils understand quickly how they need to behave in lessons, which helps them to achieve well. From varying levels on entry each pupil’s progress is tracked carefully and the vast majority of pupils make good progress in English and mathematics. Very strong partnerships exist with parents and the local community, which contributes to pupils’ achievement. The effective headteacher is highly respected by all. She is ably supported by the deputy headteacher. The management committee makes a good contribution to leadership. Pupils are polite and behave well. There is virtually no bullying and pupils feel very safe and secure. Pupils’ views are highly valued and acted upon. The work the unit does to prevent exclusion from mainstream school is highly effective. Teachers have high expectations of the amount of work pupils will complete in each lesson. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils could achieve more in English and mathematics if they always knew exactly what their individual learning target was, what they needed to do to improve through marking, and they spent more time in lessons working on their own or in a small group. Training for teachers is not always sharply focused exactly on the targets set for them and the details are not as yet passed on to the management committee in sufficient detail.