Good Apple Independent

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About Good Apple Independent

Name Good Apple Independent
Ofsted Inspections
Address Unit 3 Granary House, Acland Street, DN21 2NS
Phone Number 01427616803
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 9-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 17 (76.5% boys 23.5% girls)
Local Authority Lincolnshire
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The proprietor, who is also the headteacher, has ensured that all the independent school standards are met. The headteacher has successfully built on the existing success of the school’s well-established alternative provision that operates from the same premises. Pupils make good progress. They enter the school with skills and knowledge much lower than those expected for their age. Pupils are successfully working towards qualifications in English, mathematics, science and a range of other subjects. Staff support pupils very well. Pupils have spent a large amount of time away from mainstream education. Pupils have often experienced trauma and have a variety of behavioural, social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Teachers plan lessons that interest and motivate pupils to complete them successfully. These include English, mathematics, science and cookery. Pupils receive good careers advice and guidance. Several pupils have undertaken appropriate work experience placements and are currently applying for post-16 education and apprenticeships. Relationships between adults and pupils are extremely positive. These relationships ensure that pupils behave well. Incidents of low-level disruption and bullying are rare. Pupils’ attendance increases significantly when compared to their previous school or setting. Pupils state they are happy and feel safe. Leaders do not always identify the specific aspects of pupils’ learning that are required for them to make even better progress. Teachers do not always plan lessons that sufficiently challenge pupils. This is particularly the case in reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar activities. At the time of the inspection, some information on the school’s website was out of date. 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.

Information about this school

Good Apple Independent School is a small, independent school operating from premises in Acland Street, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. The school caters for pupils who have been or are on the verge of being permanently excluded from mainstream school. Some pupils have experienced trauma and have behavioural, social, emotional and mental health difficulties. There are three full-time pupils on the school’s roll. However, for this inspection, the part-time pupils have also been treated as pupils on the roll at this school, as this is where they attend for most or all of their education. The school opened in September 2018 after a successful pre-registration inspection in November 2017. The headteacher became the proprietor in August 2018. The school is registered to admit 16 full-time pupils in the age range nine to 16. The school aims to ‘Help vulnerable pupils succeed.’ It does not use any alternative providers. The proprietor is responsible for a well-established alternative provision that is also called ‘Good Apple’ and operates from the same premises.