Engaging Potential


Name Engaging Potential
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 27 June 2017
Address Progress House, 79 Gaywood Drive, Newbury, RG14 2PR
Phone Number 01635524113
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 13-19
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 14 (78% boys 22% girls)
Local Authority West Berkshire
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Engaging Potential is a small school which caters for up to 14 pupils between the ages of 13 and 19. Currently, there are 14 pupils on roll. The local authority of West Berkshire places pupils at the school. All pupils who attend have an education, health and care plan. The school caters for pupils who have complex difficulties and challenging behaviours that have prevented them from regular attendance at previous schools. Typically, pupils have social, emotional or mental health issues. Some have other issues associated with autism. When they arrive at Engaging Potential, some pupils have had significant periods out of education. The school’s headteacher is the proprietor. She is in school once a week and is in regular contact with the school during the rest of the week. There is also a full-time centre manager. The school occupies a large building in an urban location in Newbury, Berkshire. There are a range of large and small classrooms. There are specialist classrooms for food technology, art and photographic developing. All pupils follow their own curriculum programme. Each pupil has a mentor, who provides guidance on aspects related to social and personal development. The school makes use of local leisure centres to provide physical education. The school’s aims are to ‘re-engage students by providing individual learning opportunities and positive life experiences, through teaching and mentoring whilst promoting personal and social development.’ The school uses no alternative providers.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The school is well led. The headteacher, who is also the proprietor, has ambitious plans to continue to improve. She carefully governs all aspects of school life. Day-to-day management by the centre manager is highly effective. Leaders have ensured that the independent school standards are met. Pupils’ personal development is outstanding. Their challenging behaviours and anxieties reduce during the time they are at the school. This is because staff effectively help pupils to develop their confidence and self-esteem. Teaching is good. Effective use is made of the school’s assessment system to carefully plan work that meets pupils’ needs. Parents and carers are very supportive of the school’s work. Staff have formed good links with parents and regularly inform them about their child’s progress. Achievement is good. Pupils make good progress in English and mathematics as well as in a range of other subjects. They achieve a variety of suitable qualifications from entry level to level 2. Pupils leave well prepared for their next stage of training or employment. The provision in the sixth form is good. Staff are ambitious for learners to do well. The school provides a large range of work experience and work-related learning opportunities. Those who are subject leaders do not take enough responsibility for pupils’ progress in their areas of responsibility. Pupils do not always make strong enough progress in writing in all areas of the curriculum. 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.