Fenton Grange School


Name Fenton Grange School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address 3 Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, EN6 1AG
Phone Number 02038051158
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 7 (100% girls)
Local Authority North Yorkshire
Percentage Free School Meals 0.0%
Pupils with SEN Support 100%
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No

Information about this school

The school is part of the Cambian Group. The Cambian Group provides a range of different children’s services, including 38 registered special schools nationwide. The school caters for the needs of up to 20 pupils who have social, emotional and mental health needs. The school is registered to provide education for boys and girls from the ages of 11 to 18. Currently, all pupils are female and are in key stage 4. A small number of pupils are supported through an education, health and care plan. All pupils have identified special educational needs. The school offers therapeutic approaches to educating pupils who have experienced high levels of trauma. The school is located in a quiet rural area. The school grounds and building are purpose-built, with pupils’ safety, as well as their education, a key focus of the design. This was the first standard inspection of the school. The school was registered by the Department for Education in August 2018. The school does not make use of any alternative providers.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher and proprietor ensure that all the independent school standards are met consistently. The headteacher focuses her vision on providing high quality levels of care and support to promote pupils’ well-being and achievement successfully. Staff, including therapists, share the headteacher’s commitment. They are highly motivated. They build trusting relationships with pupils. As a result, pupils feel well supported and begin to flourish. All staff maintain a very strong focus on keeping pupils safe. Safeguarding arrangements are rigorously followed. Pupils feel safe. Pupils improve their attendance rapidly from often very low starting points. Some pupils arrive at school late, and after the register closes and are, therefore, counted as persistently absent. From their different starting points, pupils make strong progress across a range of subjects. They demonstrate positive attitudes to learning. Teachers plan learning, effectively, using the information they gather when pupils enter the school. Teachers do not make full use of periodic checks on pupils’ progress. The proprietor ensures that arrangements for governance are well planned and systematic. Information gathered is used to challenge and support school leaders. However, records of visits are not consistently evaluative. 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.