Begdale House School


Name Begdale House School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 26 September 2017
Address Begdale Road, Elm, Wisbech, PE14 0AZ
Phone Number 01945860055
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 10-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 6 (16% boys 84% girls)
Local Authority Cambridgeshire
Percentage English is Not First Language %
Persisitent Absence %
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection:

Information about this school

Begdale House School is a small day school owned by Direct Care Limited. It is situated in a rural location in Cambridgeshire and caters for the needs of up to eight pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs, who are looked after by their local authority. The school does not use any alternative provision for its pupils, nor does it run any off-site units. Approximately half of the pupils have an education, health and care plan and most have histories of poor attendance in their previous schools. Some have not attended school for two years. Pupils are admitted to the school at various times during the year and their length of stay varies from three months to two years. The school aims to ensure that pupils reach their full potential within a safe, supportive environment. The school received its last standard inspection in November 2014, when it was judged to be good. At that time, there were very few pupils on roll. Since its last inspection, the numbers of pupils in the school has increased and there are currently seven pupils on roll. There have been significant staff changes since the last inspection. A new headteacher and an additional teacher have recently been appointed and have been in post since September. The previous headteacher works as a part-time teacher at the school.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement The proprietor and leaders have not ensured that the independent school standards are met. Financial constraints have slowed the pace of improvements. Leaders have an overgenerous view of the quality of education the school provides. They have not maintained the good quality of teaching, learning and assessment since the previous inspection. The range of examination courses on offer to the oldest pupils is narrow, which restricts their achievement. Leaders have not fully developed systems for tracking the progress of pupils in all areas of learning. Teachers are not using the information from assessment well enough to match learning tasks to the different needs of pupils. Teachers’ expectations for learning and behaviour are not consistently high enough. A few pupils do not always behave safely and the attitudes to learning of some pupils are not good enough. As a result, a significant number of pupils are not making enough progress. The school has the following strengths Nearly all pupils successfully transfer to college or employment on leaving school. Most pupils make good progress in their personal development, behaviour and attendance. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school must take action to meet the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 and associated requirements. The details are listed in the full report.