Heritage House School

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About Heritage House School

Name Heritage House School
Website http://www.heritage-house-school.co.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Ms Jacqueline Clearkin
Address Cameron Road, Chesham, HP5 3BP
Phone Number 01494771445
Phase Special
Type Community special school
Age Range 2-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 111
Local Authority Buckinghamshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The interim headteacher has breathed fresh life into the school. She has inspired the whole community with her compelling vision of a school that puts the pupil at its heart.

Recently appointed leaders have quickly got to grips with their new roles and have put in place well-received initiatives, particularly in relation to assessment. Teaching is highly effective because teachers, support staff and therapists work together in a coherent way to meet pupils' individual communication needs. Pupils in all year groups, including those who are disadvantaged, make strong progress in their learning, communication skills and physical development.

...>The curriculum, including the many enrichment opportunities on offer, is broad, balanced and well matched to pupils' needs. Leaders rightly plan to increase the levels of challenge the curriculum provides for the most able, so that these pupils can make even stronger progress. The curriculum successfully promotes independence and readiness for adult life.

Consequently, the school prepares pupils exceptionally well for their next steps and for life in modern Britain. Pupils in the senior school, including students aged 16 to 19, benefit from a rich and vibrant vocational curriculum that leads to appropriate accreditation. Pupils are safe and feel safe.

All staff are passionate about promoting pupils' welfare and well-being and know what to do if they are concerned about a pupil. However, not all staff understand their responsibilities under the 'Prevent' duty. Pupils' conduct is excellent.

They have extremely positive attitudes to their learning and are rightly proud of their school. The interim executive board (IEB) has provided much-needed stability and clarity of purpose, during a turbulent period in the school's history.

Information about this school

Heritage House School is a special school, catering for pupils with profound, severe and complex needs.

In December 2016, the local authority had significant concerns about the leadership and management of the school. As a result, it used its statutory powers to install an interim executive board (IEB). The IEB is now responsible for the governance of the school.

The IEB appointed an interim headteacher in November 2017 who remains in post. In April 2019, the chair of the IEB wrote to parents advising them that the substantive headteacher had resigned his post. The school does not make use of alternative provision.

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