Cavendish School

Name Cavendish School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 01 May 2018
Address Lady Gomm House, 58 Hawkstone Road, London, SE16 2PA
Phone Number 02073940088
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 37 (89.2% boys 10.8% girls)
Local Authority Southwark
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language %
Persisitent Absence %
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection

Information about this school

Cavendish School opened in 2000 in the London Borough of Southwark as a co-educational school for pupils aged 11 to 16 who have behavioural, emotional and social difficulties. Many pupils have additional and complex needs, including attention deficit hyperactivity and autistic spectrum disorders. The school aims to provide a safe and secure environment in which all pupils can have a fresh start and achieve success both academically and in their personal development. The school is registered to take up to 48 students and there are 32 currently on roll, almost all of whom are boys. Almost all have an education, health and care plan. The school takes pupils from several London boroughs. Pupils come from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds and a few speak English as an additional language. Many pupils have been out of full-time education for some time prior to joining the school. All have had significant disruption to their education. The school makes use of the expertise of some alternative providers such as local colleges and Millwall FC Community Trust. The previous inspection of the school was in December 2013.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The school leaders and the proprietor ensure that all the independent school standards are met. The school provides its pupils with an outstanding education. Pupils make excellent progress and many experience success for the first time in their school career. Since the previous inspection, virtually all pupils leaving from Year 11 have achieved accredited qualifications and have gone on to a college course, an apprenticeship or into employment. The headteacher and leadership team are driving improvement. The staff strongly support their vision for the school, and adults believe that pupils deserve nothing less than the best education possible. The proprietor has an excellent grasp of the strengths and weaknesses of the school. She provides highly effective challenge, as well as support. Senior staff check teaching regularly and very thoroughly. They use the information from this to plan high-quality training and support to help teachers improve their skills. Teachers have an accurate understanding of pupils’ strengths and weaknesses and use this to plan interesting lessons, which help pupils to make outstanding progress. Staff work very hard to help pupils to learn to manage their behaviour. They make sure that any individual difficulties are not allowed to disrupt the education of others. Pupils know they come to school to learn. Behaviour in lessons reflects their very positive attitudes. Pupils say they feel safe in school and know how to stay safe outside school and when online. Most pupils have improved their attendance and punctuality, but there still a few who are not convinced about the importance of regular attendance. The curriculum is very well matched to individual needs, particularly in the range of opportunities which widen pupils’ horizons and encourage them to aim high. Parents and carers are very supportive of the school, and appreciate all that it does to give their children a fresh start. 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.

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