Cedar Lodge School

Name Cedar Lodge School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 11 June 2019
Address c/o Hexagon Care Services, Unit 1 Tustin Court, Port Way, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 2YQ
Phone Number 03336006600
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Boys
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Rochdale
Percentage Free School Meals 0.0%
Pupils with SEN Support 60%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Cedar Lodge is a small, independent special school with associated residential accommodation for pupils with complex needs, including learning needs, between the ages of 11 to 18. There are currently six pupils on roll. Three pupils have an education, health and care plan. At the time of the inspection, there were no pupils in key stage 5. The school is part of Hexagon Care Services group. They operate schools and care homes around the country. The proprietor, the head of education and the deputy head of education for Hexagon Care Services provide governance for Cedar Lodge. Places are funded through local authorities. No alternative provision is used by the school. The school does not have a website. The school’s last standard inspection was in March 2017.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The proprietor and school leaders have created an ethos of high expectations for pupils and staff where only the best will do. They have ensured that all regulatory requirements of the independent school standards have been met. The headteacher has ensured that the required improvements identified at the previous inspection have been tackled successfully. High expectations for achievement and equality of opportunity are shared and upheld by all. The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is outstanding. As a result, outcomes for pupils have improved so that they are now outstanding. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. Learning time is used to the full. Lessons are interesting, pupils are keen to learn and, as a result, they make rapid progress. Pupils enjoy school and rarely miss a day. Attendance levels are high and pupils’ attendance continues to improve the longer they are at the school. Staff have excellent subject knowledge. They use it effectively to deepen pupils’ knowledge and understanding. Just occasionally, learning opportunities are missed when pupils are given insufficient time to reflect on a question they have been asked during question and answer sessions. The rich curriculum and the outstanding provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development contribute to pupils’ excellent personal development. The school’s coordination of multi-agency work is highly effective and ensures that pupils’ individual needs remain at the centre of any decisions that are made. The school prepares pupils exceptionally well for the next stage of their education and for their future lives as British citizens. The school provides a secure setting where pupils feel safe. Arrangements for managing risk, safeguarding and pupils’ welfare are exemplary. 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.