|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Inadequate|
|Inspection Date||16 January 2018|
|Address||Manleys Farm, West Buckland, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 9LQ|
|Number of Pupils||Unknown|
|Percentage Free School Meals||0.0%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||60%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||No|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
Willows is an independent special day school. The school was established in 2005. It moved to its current site in 2007. The school offers provision for up to 16 girls who have severe social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Pupils are placed by their respective local authority. The proprietor has responsibility for the governance of the school. A new headteacher took up post in 2016. The school was previously inspected in January 2015, when it was judged to be good. The school does not use any alternative provision.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an inadequate school The proprietor and leaders have not ensured that the independent school standards are met in full. Several standards do not meet requirements. The school has sharply declined since the previous inspection. The proprietor has not ensured that new leaders receive the guidance and professional development that they need to lead the school effectively. Leaders do not have an accurate view of the school’s effectiveness. Plans to improve the school are not up to date or well developed. Leaders do not provide staff with useful feedback or relevant professional development. There is a lack of rigour to ensure that the quality of teaching, learning and assessment improves. Leaders’ and teachers’ use of assessment is weak across the school. There is not an agreed system to check pupils’ progress. As a result, pupils do not achieve high standards, particularly in English and mathematics. Teachers do not plan activities that consistently match pupils’ learning needs. Work is sometimes too easy. Too often, pupils do not stay focused during lessons or take pride in their work. Leaders’ work to promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is underdeveloped. Leaders do not check that incidents are sufficiently analysed and that risk assessment for activities are fully up to date. Leaders have not ensured that pupils receive current, impartial advice to support their future career choices. The school has the following strengths Positive relationships across the school help pupils settle in quickly. Pupils are rightly proud of their good examples of artwork, including the large sculptures seen in the school grounds. The proprietor has ensured that the culture of safeguarding is effective. Staff use detailed information to help them to minimise risks for pupils while in school. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school must take action to meet the requirements of the schedule to The Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 and associated requirements. The details are listed in the full report.