Grange Park School

Name Grange Park School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 21 November 2012
Address Borough Green Road, Wrotham, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 7RD
Phone Number 01732882111
Type Special
Age Range 8-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 134 (77% boys 23% girls)
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 25.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.8%
Persisitent Absence 20.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Grange Park School is located on three sites. The main school, for secondary aged students, is contained in new, purpose-built, accommodation next door to a mainstream secondary school. Post-16 students are provided for in two separate technology colleges. All students have a statement of special educational needs for autism. The large majority of the students are boys. The large proportion of students is of White British heritage. An above average proportion of the students are known to be eligible for the pupil premium. This is additional funding provided to support pupils entitled to free school meals among others.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The school has improved since its last inspection, and students from all backgrounds now achieve well thanks to good teaching. Teaching and learning have improved because senior staff identify weaknesses and provide good training for staff which has had a significant impact. The sixth form is good. Sixth form students make good progress and are given increasingly good opportunites to prepare for life after school. The school has introduced rigorous checks on learning that provide a clear picture of all students’ progress. Students are extremely well cared for. They feel secure and appreciated as individuals. Students’ behaviour improves from the day they start and is now typically good. Systems of monitoring and evaluation by school leaders and governors are robust and a clear plan is in place to drive improvement. The headteacher, with the acting deputy headteacher, gives a very strong direction to the work of the school. Students’ attendance improves significantly, often from a low starting point on admission. Parents and carers appreciate how well students are supported and the school’s reputation is good, and growing. It is not yet an outstanding school because : In a small number of lessons, teaching is not good enough to ensure that pupils are challenged all of the time and develop skills to learn on their own. Governors do not capitalise on their formal visits to check on how much progress the school is making in its efforts to improve. There are not enough opportunities for staff to share the outstanding features of their practice that result in the very best learning for all pupils.