Website http://www.fueleducation.org.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 30 January 2018
Address Unit 7, Ellesmere Business Park, Haydn Road, Nottingham, NG5 1DX
Phone Number 01159609139
Type Independent
Age Range 13-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 25 (60% boys 40% girls)
Local Authority Nottingham
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Pupils with SEN Support 40%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

First Universal Enterprises Ltd (FUEL) opened as a registered independent school in June 2017. It had previously operated as an alternative provision providing mostly part-time education for pupils registered at local maintained schools. The school provides full- or part-time education for pupils in the age range 13 to 16 years. Pupils admitted to the school have been permanently excluded from school or are at risk of permanent exclusion. The majority of pupils attend part time and are dual registered with their placing schools. The school operates from a main site based on an industrial estate in Sherwood, Nottingham. This site has fully equipped workshops for construction and mechanics. The school has a second site based in a community sports centre. This second site includes additional classrooms and office space. The school caters for pupils who have challenging behaviour. Currently, no pupils have an education, health and care plan or a statement of special educational needs. The school does not use the services of any alternative providers. This is the school’s first standard Ofsted inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Senior leaders demonstrate dedication and commitment to improving life chances for pupils who have not previously experienced success in their education. The quality of teaching and learning is good. Leaders and teaching staff work tirelessly to ensure that pupils succeed in their studies and in their personal development. Pupils respect the staff. Pupils make good progress from their various starting points and achieve commendable academic and vocational qualifications. Almost all pupils who leave the school at the end of year 11 move to successful placements in further education or employment with training. Pupils improve their attitudes to learning at the school and are proud of their successes. Overall behaviour is good and contributes to effective learning. Any incidents of poor behaviour are managed effectively. Senior leaders monitor and improve the quality of the curriculum and of teaching on an ongoing basis. They have a thorough understanding of the school’s strengths and they take decisive action to address any concerns. The proprietors are actively involved in assessing the quality of the school’s work. They also act decisively to implement the well-judged recommendations of external partners. Senior leaders ensure that there is meticulous and effective attention to all aspects of safeguarding. Parents recognise that pupils are well looked after and safe in school. The curriculum has recently been extended effectively with the introduction of GCSE courses. Senior leaders recognise the need to extend the range of GCSE subjects. Teachers are skilled at using real-life examples and visual images to improve learning, where appropriate. Occasionally, teaching is less effective because : it does not engage pupils’ interest or promote their confidence. The attendance of the majority of pupils who were previously persistent absentees improves when they come to the school. Staff implement rigorous procedures to monitor and improve attendance. A minority of pupils are still persistently absent or regularly late. The proprietor and senior leaders have ensured that all the independent school standards are met. 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.