Archers Brook SEMH Residential School

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About Archers Brook SEMH Residential School

Name Archers Brook SEMH Residential School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Samantha Myers-Whittaker
Address Chester Road, Great Sutton, Ellesmere Port, CH66 2NA
Phone Number 01518326600
Phase Special
Type Community special school
Age Range 8-16
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 91 (81.3% boys 18.7% girls)
Local Authority Cheshire West and Chester
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Archers Brook School provides a safe and caring learning environment for all pupils. During their time in the school, pupils grow in confidence and develop key life skills which help them to achieve outstanding outcomes. Pupils achieve outstanding outcomes because : of the school's focus on their personal development and welfare.

The vast majority of pupils progress into further education, employment or training when they leave school. All pupils are currently on track to meet or exceed their targets. Pupils are polite and friendly.

They have positive attitudes to learning and say that the school 'helps you with any problems'. Parents and... carers report that their children enjoy coming to school and are progressing well. Leaders have established a strong ethos of care and respect for the pupils in the school.

This ethos pervades all practice and is the foundation of all approaches in the school. Teachers and support staff are very skilled in supporting positive behaviour. They are subtle in their interventions, consistent in their approaches and maintain the dignity of pupils at all times.

The school's curriculum offers a broad range of learning experiences for pupils. This enables pupils to enjoy their learning and achieve qualifications that allow them to progress into adult life. Teaching is typically good in the school.

Relationships between teachers, support staff and pupils are strong. Respect and friendliness characterise all interactions between pupils and adults. Teachers take time to ensure that pupils know what is required of them and use questioning well to help develop pupils' understanding.

In the best examples of teaching, pupils' learning is highly individualised and pupils are fully challenged to achieve their potential. Some teaching needs to improve because it does not challenge the most able pupils to achieve their very best. Teachers and support staff are motivated and dedicated to improving the lives of their pupils.

They are well trained, knowledgeable and valued by school leaders and governors. They say they are well led and supported in their professional development. Governors recognise the need to further improve governance in the school.

Governor responsibilities rest on too few members and the records of their meetings are not always accurate.

Information about this school

Every pupil who attends Archers Brook School has an education, health and care plan designating social, emotional and mental health as their primary need. The school offers residential provision to a number of pupils on a flexible basis.

This provision is inspected separately by Ofsted. The school does not use any alternative provision. The school was last inspected under its previous name as Capenhurst Grange Special School where it was judged as good.