Lawrence House School

Name Lawrence House School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address 8 Huyton Church Road, Huyton, Liverpool, L36 5SJ
Phone Number 01519495690
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 13 (23.1% boys 76.9% girls)
Local Authority Knowsley
Percentage Free School Meals 0.0%
Pupils with SEN Support 60%
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No

Information about this school

Lawrence House School is a specialist independent school which provides for pupils aged 11 to 18 years. It is based on five sites across Merseyside. All pupils at the school have SEN and/or disabilities. Most have social, emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties. A significant proportion of pupils have mental health difficulties. Several pupils have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). At the time of the inspection, there were no pupils with an education, health and care (EHC) plan. The school’s aim is, ‘for Lawrence House to be a school of excellence where high expectations are fundamental to all that we do…we strive to ensure that pupils leave school as well rounded, confident individuals and critical thinkers with the necessary skills and aspiration to be lifelong learners.’ The school is registered to admit up to 28 pupils. It is owned by ‘Quality Protects Children’ and had its last full inspection in September 2016. A monitoring visit took place in June 2017. There are 11 pupils on roll, a large proportion are from minority ethnic groups. Pupils are from regions across the country. All are in the care of the local authority. Due to the complex nature of most pupils’ educational needs, support from adults is often intensive. All pupils are educated in very small groups or on a one-to-one basis. Since the previous inspection, the number of pupils on roll has increased. Some pupils follow the national curriculum. Bespoke programmes of learning are available for all pupils; their work is accredited by various examining bodies. Most pupils have had either extended periods out of school or been on limited education programmes in other schools and pupil referral units. All have gaps in their learning. Pupils are highly mobile, entering the school at various times during the school year and often staying for short periods only. Since the previous inspection, the senior leadership team has been strengthened to include a senior education manager. A governing body has been formed. The chair of the governing body is the proprietor. Most staff, including several teachers, have joined the school since the previous inspection. Premises have been extended to include two new classrooms on the Bluebell Cottage site. Outdoor areas on some sites have been refurbished. The school works with several local and national registered charities to provide work experience for pupils. It aims to reintegrate pupils back into mainstream education and work or college placements. Currently, the school is not catering for sixth-form pupils. The school’s clinical team is made up of a head psychologist and three assistant psychologists. Since opening, the school has catered for very few post-16 students. Records show that when the school has students on roll, they are supported along similar lines to all pupils in school. Currently, there is no sixth form.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Lawrence House School is much improved since its previous Inspection. Senior leaders, with the full support of the proprietor and governors, have worked tirelessly to ensure that all aspects of the school, including teaching, learning and safeguarding, are now good. Leaders are supported and challenged by knowledgeable and committed governors who know the school exceptionally well. The school is a calm and purposeful place, where pupils benefit from a good curriculum which is tailored to their interests. However, too few opportunities are available for pupils to engage in practical activities in science. Teachers, clinical staff and other adults work together highly effectively to meet pupils’ individual learning needs. Staff are trained well. They employ good procedures to assess and monitor pupils’ performance. Opportunities to learn from outstanding practice in other schools is limited. The school’s work to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and enhance their appreciation of British values is good. Pupils make good progress in a wide range of subjects including English, mathematics, visual and performing arts and sports. Representatives from local authorities speak highly of the school. Pupils’ behaviour in class is exemplary. They follow instructions well and enjoy discussing topical issues. Highly structured activities sometimes prevent pupils from discovering things for themselves. The school meets pupils’ personal development and welfare needs outstandingly well, equipping them with the skills needed to be confident and productive in further education and work. Pupils say that they feel safe and well cared for. Their attendance improves significantly after they join the school. Safeguarding procedures are highly effective, comprehensive and fully understood by all staff. Designated safeguarding leaders are trained to an exceptionally high standard. 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.