CACFO UK Education Centre

Name CACFO UK Education Centre
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Address 40 Northwood Road, Thornton Heath, CR7 8HQ
Phone Number 02087716222
Type Independent
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 5 (60% boys 40% girls)
Local Authority Croydon
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No

Information about this school

CACFO UK Education Centre is an independent school in the London Borough of Croydon. The school provides full-time alternative provision for pupils who have been permanently excluded, or who are at risk of permanent exclusion, from mainstream schools. The school also offers a respite service to schools, providing short-term places for pupils with behavioural needs. The school is registered as a mixed school, but for the last six years the school has only admitted boys aged 11 to 14. The proprietor is the Croydon African Caribbean Family Organisation, which is a registered charity. The charity community centre shares its premises with the school. The school’s last full standard inspection was in June 2017, and the overall effectiveness was judged as inadequate. The school had a progress monitoring visit on 1 May 2018. Following this visit, the Department for Education confirmed that the school had met all the independent school standards.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Leaders do not have clear and coherent plans to develop the school further. School leaders and governors do not work cohesively. They do not review their work sufficiently to evaluate the impact of their actions. The quality of teaching and learning across the school is inconsistent. Leaders do not monitor this carefully and do not hold teachers rigorously to account. Staff do not receive quality training to improve their practice. Pupils’ outcomes require improvement. Pupils make variable progress in their subjects. Staff do not ensure that pupils’ basic literacy skills are developed across subjects. Leaders do not have a clear understanding of how well pupils are doing in subjects across the school. Teachers do not tailor work to the individual needs of pupils. They do not consider sufficiently each pupil’s abilities and prior learning. Pupils’ progress is hindered as a result. While pupils receive a range of careers guidance, they would benefit from a more structured approach in this respect. The school has the following strengths Leaders have ensured that all the independent school standards are met. They have started to improve standards in teaching and learning. Safeguarding is effective. Leaders have worked hard to create a culture of safeguarding since the previous inspection. All staff are clear about their responsibilities for keeping pupils safe. Pupils feel safe and happy at the school. They attend regularly. Strong relationships exist between staff and pupils. Pupils’ behaviour and personal development are a real strength of the school. Pupils speak highly of the positive difference the school has made to their lives. 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.