|Name||Future First Independent School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||21 November 2017|
|Address||Hockley Port, All Saints Street, Hockley, Birmingham, West Midlands, B18 7RL|
|Number of Pupils||9 (100% boys)|
|Percentage Free School Meals||0%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||0%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||No|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
Future First Independent School is an independent school within Birmingham local authority. The school admits pupils who have experienced a fragmented educational background and may have missed a lot of schooling. The overarching aim of the school is to engage and facilitate the pupils to reach their full potential and become better citizens who make a positive contribution to the wider society and community at large. Pupils currently do not do work experience. Four pupils have special educational needs and/or disabilities. The school does not use any alternative provision. Children are referred by the local authority, local schools and placement services. Pupils can join Future First Independent School at any point during the school year. Two pupils are currently not attending every day but are working towards a full-time timetable of lessons. The school was registered to provide education from two sites with 90 pupils. The second site is no longer in use and during the inspection the Department for Education agreed to de-register the second site and to reduce pupil numbers to 40. The second site was at Oakland Young People’s Centre, Oakland Road, Handsworth, B21 0NA.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school School leaders work very successfully together. All staff are totally committed to achieving the very best for their pupils. As a result, the school is compliant with all the independent school standards and provides a good education for the pupils. Teaching, learning and assessment are good. Effective planning from pupils’ starting points supports their progress. There is very successful one-to-one support for pupils in English and mathematics which provides pupils with effective support to improve their skills. Pupils do not read widely and experience different kinds of texts. Pupils make good progress during their time in school. Teachers need to provide further challenge for the most able pupils. Pupils do not always catch up on work they have missed. Teaching is managed well. Staff receive good-quality training. The positive relationships between leaders, staff and pupils support the progress and standards of all pupils. The curriculum is broad and appropriate to the needs of the pupils. Although pupils learn to be creative there is room to develop this further. Pupils’ personal development, welfare and behaviour are good. Teachers expect and encourage positive attitudes to learning. The school environment is calm and well ordered. Pupils feel safe in school. They are taught how to keep themselves safe through the personal development programme and daily focus group meetings. The majority of pupils have good attendance. Teachers and leaders employ effective strategies to support and encourage full attendance and punctuality. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development are good. Through the personal development programme, the pupils learn about life in modern Britain. In addition, different topics are introduced each week and embedded into the curriculum. Although staff are trained and vigilant, the pupils’ understanding of radicalisation and extremism is not as well developed as it could be. Pupils explore different careers options and receive one-to-one guidance which gives them a sound preparation for their next steps. 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.