Francis Barber Pupil Referral Unit

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Francis Barber Pupil Referral Unit


Name Francis Barber Pupil Referral Unit
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 04 July 2013
Address Franciscan Road, Tooting, London, SW17 8HE
Phone Number 02086720771
Type Pupil Referral Unit
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 68 (70% boys 30% girls)
Local Authority Wandsworth
Percentage Free School Meals 44.8%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Francis Barber is a pupil referral unit (PRU) that caters for students who are permanently excluded, pupils dual registered with mainstream secondary schools at risk of permanent exclusion, or those requiring short-term behaviour support. The PRU operates on two sites. The Westdean site caters for students with complex special educational needs (Pathways), the Wandsworth Interim School Project (WISP) which provides education for new arrivals to the Borough in Years 7 to 10 while a mainstream place is identified and Key Stage 4 pupils with statements for emotional and behavioural difficulties (EBD) who would otherwise need to be educated out of the Borough (‘Fresh Start’). The majority of students are from minority ethnic backgrounds. There are equal numbers of boys and girls currently in the PRU. Year 11 students had left the PRU at the time of the inspection. A new headteacher was appointed in January 2013 and a new deputy headteacher in April 2013. The proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium is above average. The pupil premium is additional funding for those students who are known to be eligible free school meals, those in local authority care and children from service families. The PRU uses a range of alternative providers. They are: Nightingale Vocational Academy; RW Rechere Associates; Sutton and District Training; National Association Crime Reduction Organisations (NACRO); and the Lighthouse Project.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. All students make good progress, and some make outstanding progress in their personal, social and emotional development. This prepares them well for the next steps in their lives. Almost all Year 11 students in 2012 gained GCSE or vocational qualifications and moved on successfully to further education, training or specialist provision. Teaching is good and some is outstanding. In outstanding lessons students benefit from very thought-provoking activities which constantly challenge their thinking and understanding. The behaviour and safety of students are outstanding. Many pupils make great strides in improving their behaviour and return successfully to their mainstream schools. The unit’s outreach service is effective in helping to improve students’ behaviour in mainstream schools across the local authority. Senior leaders are effective in raising the achievement of students by working very closely with each student’s mainstream school, planning a programme of study and activities that matches the needs of the students exceptionally well. Leaders have also worked successfully to improve the quality of teaching. The headteacher and the deputy headteacher have a clear vision and an accurate view of the unit. Leaders place a strong focus on improving the performance of staff through rigorous monitoring and training. The management committee is very effective and focuses closely on the needs of the students. Members have asked searching questions and checked the progress of the unit very closely. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not enough outstanding teaching to result in excellent achievement. Staff do not always give students enough opportunities to learn for themselves and work is occasionally not hard enough. Leaders in charge of subjects do not have enough opportunities to check the quality of teaching and learning in their areas of work. Information on the unit’s performance is not summarised well enough