Foxes Academy

Name Foxes Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 13 June 2018
Address Selbourne Place, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 5TY
Phone Number 01643708529
Type Independent Specialist College
Age Range 16-25
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Somerset
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the provider

Foxes Academy, located in Minehead, Somerset is an independent residential specialist college and training hotel for young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. It takes learners from across the country whose disabilities include hearing impairments, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The focus of the college is on training learners for working in the catering and hospitality industry. It has a fully operational hotel that is open to the public. Learners live in residential houses throughout Minehead and are matched to each house depending upon their ability and the progress they make while at Foxes. They learn independent living skills and experience community-based learning, which also prepares them for life after college. There is full employment in the local area and this has resulted in difficulties in the recruitment of staff. Since the last inspection Foxes Academy has been become part of the Aurora Group. It retains its autonomy with oversight by the main board of directors and a link governor.

Summary of key findings

This is an outstanding provider Learners epitomise the values of staying safe and healthy, enjoying and achieving their qualifications, becoming independent and contributing positively to society. All learners achieve outstanding results and gain nationally recognised qualifications. Learners make exceptional progress in developing their confidence, communication and interpersonal skills, enabling them to make their views known effectively and contribute to improving the college. The vast majority of learners gain long-term employment or are successful in moving into independent living accommodation. The curriculum and range of support, such as speech and language therapy, are very well designed and delivered. They raise learners’ aspirations and enable them to develop their independence and work skills very well. Partnerships with employers are excellent and productive, assisting learners to enjoy highly effective work experience or work placements. The real working environment of the Foxes Hotel enhances the experiences of learners very successfully. Leaders and managers have created a highly positive and very welcoming atmosphere in which all learners thrive. Since the previous inspection, leaders and managers have increased the range and types of support for learners. For example, learners greatly benefit from receiving individual therapies, including speech and language, dog therapy and support for their mental health through cognitive behavioural therapy. Learners and all staff are very vigilant about safeguarding and protection, creating a thoughtful and considerate culture in which learners feel safe. Learners experience highly effective teaching, learning and assessment. Leaders have successfully maintained outstanding teaching despite a large turnover of tutors and support staff. Well-planned training for tutors and support staff is improving and refining their skills, expertise and qualifications further. As a result, learners make outstanding progress.