Fairlight Glen Independent Special School

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Fairlight Glen Independent Special School

Name Fairlight Glen Independent Special School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 27 November 2018
Address Verona House, 45 Station Road, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5QQ
Phone Number 01227741113
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 8-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Kent
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

Fairlight Glen is an independent special school located in a residential area of Herne Bay, Kent. Nearly all pupils are looked after and are in the care of the proprietor, Pilgrims Corner Ltd, which operates four children’s homes that are open 52 weeks a year. The school, which opened in 2008, provides education for 38 weeks a year. Nearly all pupils have needs associated with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, alongside associated learning difficulties and autism. The school is registered for up to 12 pupils aged between eight and 18 years. Prior to attending this school, some pupils had been out of formal education for significant periods. Pupils have been referred by local authorities nationally. The school’s aim is to re-engage pupils in education so that they can achieve as much independence as possible. The last full inspection of the school was in September 2016, when the school was found to have unmet independent school standards.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders have made the necessary improvements to ensure that all the independent school standards are met, and the school is now good. Leaders plan a bespoke curriculum for each pupil that develops their basic skills in English and mathematics and builds on their interests. Pupils make good progress academically and socially. Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to learning normally improve considerably during their time at the school. Leaders have maintained and built on the good teaching seen during the last inspection. Teachers have strong subject knowledge and engage pupils well in worthwhile and interesting activities. Occasionally teaching does not challenge pupils, especially the most able, to achieve as much as they could. Classroom assistants have useful individual skills and expertise that they bring to the school. However, they are not always effective in supporting learning across all aspects of the curriculum. The proprietor and staff know each pupil as a unique individual and take effective steps to improve pupils’ attendance and well-being. Pupils are sociable and generally behave well at school. They respect and appreciate the clear boundaries set by leaders and staff. There are strong partnerships, both with parents and with carers and other professionals who work with pupils. Safeguarding is effective. Pupils are safe in the school. Leaders and staff work hard to teach pupils how to stay safe from harm, both in and out of school. At the start of the inspection, leaders had not ensured that all policies and practices had been updated to reflect the latest education guidance and best practice. While the school strongly encourages pupils to have healthy lifestyles in many respects, it does not do enough to discourage pupils from smoking. 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.