Blue Mountain Education

Name Blue Mountain Education
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 20 June 2017
Address Willow Farm, Off Newton Lane, Ilkeston, Cossall, Nottinghamshire, NG16 2SD
Phone Number 01159321153
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 8-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 8 (50% boys 50% girls)
Local Authority Nottinghamshire
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Blue Mountain Education is an independent special school for pupils who have behavioural, emotional and social needs. It opened in April 2006, and is owned by Blue Mountain Homes. The school provides education for eight full-time pupils, who are not attending mainstream education. The school is registered to admit pupils between the ages of eight and 18. Currently there are no pupils on roll who are above the age of compulsory education and who are studying 16–19 study programmes. The school provides education for its pupils at two sites. Most pupils receive their education at Willow Farm. Some pupils receive their education at the Toll House site. The school has a further site at which leaders propose to provide education. This is at Bluebell House at New Ollerton. Currently, there is no educational provision at this site. The school received a material change inspection in January 2017. This inspection was in relation to the opening of the educational provisions at Toll House and Bluebell House. The inspection judged that the Toll House site was likely to meet the independent school standards, but that the Bluebell House site was not. The school’s previous standard inspection took place on 11–13 June 2014. All of the pupils are in the care of the local authority. They are all resident in children’s homes that Blue Mountain Homes owns. There are a range of local authorities that use the services of the school to educate the children who are in their care. The school does not currently make use of any alternative provision. An inspection of the children’s home that is situated on the Willow Farm site took place at the same time as the standard inspection of Blue Mountain Education.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Staff plan lessons carefully to meet pupils’ individual needs. Because of this, pupils who are present at the school for sustained periods of time are able to catch up where previously they have fallen behind, particularly in English and mathematics. The headteacher has ensured that the curriculum responds to the individual needs of the pupils. Through their studies, pupils become secure in the key skills that they will require when they leave school. Staff work closely with pupils to ensure that pupils can manage their behaviour effectively. Staff closely monitor pupils’ attendance. They provide effective support for pupils who find attending school difficult. Pupils receive effective opportunities to develop their understanding of the need to respect all people, including those who demonstrate the different protected characteristics as set out in the 2010 Equality Act. The school’s staff are highly vigilant, and work well as a team to ensure that pupils are kept safe, and know how to be safe. Leaders regularly monitor pupils’ progress. They put into place effective strategies to support pupils in their learning. Staff maintain close contact with the local authorities who are responsible for the care of the pupils. Staff also communicate regularly with the children’s homes where the pupils live. The proprietor has a precise understanding of the quality of the school’s provision. He provides the headteacher with appropriate levels of support and challenge to ensure that the pupils make strong progress and to make sure that the school meets the independent school standards. Some pupils’ awareness of national issues, including current issues reported in the media, is not as secure as their awareness of issues found within their local community. Leaders have not always ensured that staff take full note of information about new pupils’ learning and emotional needs as soon as it is available. Where this is the case, staff do not meet the needs of these pupils quickly enough. Leaders do not apply their checks on the quality of teaching consistently across both school sites. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets schedule 1 of the Education (Independent school Standards) (England) regulations 2010, as amended by The Education (Independent School Standards) (English) (Amendment) regulations 2012 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.