Holme Court School

Name Holme Court School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Cherry Hinton Hall, Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge, CB1 8DW
Phone Number 01223778030
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 7-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 31 (61.3% boys 38.7% girls)
Local Authority Cambridgeshire
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No

Information about this school

Holme Court School is a small, independent, co-educational, day specialist school for pupils with dyslexia and associated difficulties. It is registered to admit 30 pupils aged from seven to 16 years. The school shares a site with Abington Woods Outdoor Education Centre in Little Abington. The school is owned by the International Schools Partnership Group. The school was previously inspected in March 2015. There are currently 16 pupils on roll, all of whom have special educational needs in the form of dyslexia. Six pupils have an education, health and care plan. Several pupils have missed significant amounts of school time before coming to Holme Court. The school provides short-term intensive programmes for pupils, who usually stay for between one and three years, after which most are expected to return to mainstream settings. The aim of the school is ‘to help pupils to overcome their dyslexia by fulfilling their potential as learners through the use of a holistic approach, so that they can then move back to mainstream schooling’. The school uses a range of venues to support the curriculum, such as for physical education and science. The current school’s premises are being improved further. Plans are in place to provide new toilets and shower facilities. The school does not use supply staff. The school is registered with the Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Pupils.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The headteacher ensures that her high expectations for equality of opportunity and achievement are shared and upheld by all. The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is outstanding. As a result, outcomes for pupils have improved since the previous inspection so that they are now outstanding. The learning environment is designed to meet the unique additional needs of pupils. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. Learning time is used to the full. Lessons are interesting and pupils are eager to learn. As a result, pupils make rapid progress. Staff use their excellent subject knowledge to deepen pupils’ understanding and correct misconceptions. Teachers understand how pupils learn and what they can achieve. They set clear targets and make accurate assessment of pupils’ needs so that all pupils have an equal chance to succeed from their low and varied starting points. Parents are very supportive of the work of the school. They are delighted with the provision and the way the school is led. The rich curriculum and the outstanding provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development contribute to pupils’ excellent personal development. The school prepares pupils exceptionally well for the next stage of their education and for their future lives as British citizens. Pupils are taught how to become confident learners. They learn how to ask probing questions for themselves. Arrangements for safeguarding are effective and well implemented by all who work at the school. A consultant has specific responsibility for the governance of the school. He has the necessary knowledge to check that provision and achievement are the best they can be. In some areas of the curriculum, pupils have a good level of knowledge and work is too easy for them. The frequent sessions to develop pupils’ coordination and motor skills are not sufficiently effective. 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.