Fordway Centre

Name Fordway Centre
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 30 June 2016
Address Stanwell Road, Ashford, Middlesex, TW15 3DU
Phone Number 01784243365
Type Pupil Referral Unit
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 8 (100% boys)
Local Authority Surrey
Percentage Free School Meals 62.5%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The Fordway Centre is a pupil referral unit for pupils who have been permanently excluded from other schools or are at high risk of exclusion. It also provides short-term intervention placements and supports pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities that require assessment for specialist provision. The school has been led by an executive headteacher and head of school from Reigate Valley College since April 2015. The school became part of a federation with Reigate Valley College and Wey Valley College in March 2016. The school has a local management committee. The chair of the management committee is also a member of the joint governance committee for the federation. The vast majority of pupils currently on roll are boys. Nearly all pupils are White British. Over half of the current pupils have an education, health and care plan because they have special educational needs and/or disabilities. Nearly two thirds of the pupils are disadvantaged and receive additional funding through the pupil premium. The school is part of the Spelthorne Schools Together confederation. The executive headteacher is a national leader of education and supports other pupil referral units across the local authority. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The members of the management committee show great drive and ambition for the school, demonstrated by their recruitment of strong leaders. The head of school has led dramatic improvements in teaching, behaviour and outcomes in a short period of time, so that all aspects of the school are now outstanding. The executive headteacher has ensured that the resources and expertise of the federation have been mobilised to help make the necessary rapid improvements to the school. All staff have a shared ambition to provide the best opportunities for the pupils of Fordway. Pupils who have often faced difficulties in other schools are given a fresh start and the opportunity to enjoy being successful. Rigorous policies and practices ensure that pupils are kept safe from harm at all times. Pupils confirm they feel very safe at this school. Behaviour has improved dramatically. Exclusions have been reduced significantly and are now very rare. There has been a considerable improvement in attendance since the previous inspection, because : pupils enjoy attending the school and feel happy there. Teaching is outstanding because it meets the needs of all individual pupils exceptionally well. Teachers and teaching assistants support and challenge pupils so that they make rapid progress in their learning. From often low starting points, pupils make rapid progress in their learning in reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils have many opportunities to apply their skills and knowledge in their topic work. The curriculum is broad and balanced and captures the interests of pupils very well. It ensures learning is enjoyable and provides pupils with a range of opportunities to develop spiritually, morally and socially, and to improve their understanding of other cultures. Pupils are very well prepared to move on to their new placements at the end of their time at Fordway. The school ensures that they are ready to succeed socially, academically and in terms of managing their behaviour.