Little Acorns School

Name Little Acorns School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address London Beach Farm, Ashford Road, Tenterden, TN30 6SR
Phone Number 447904864598
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 5-14
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 4 (50% boys 50% girls)
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No

Information about this school

Little Acorns opened in 1999. It is a school that specialises in working with pupils who have severe behavioural, emotional and mental health issues. The school does not provide alternative provision. The school is owned by Choice Lifestyles and is registered to take pupils aged five to 14 years of age. There are currently five pupils on roll. All pupils have an education, health and care plan. Pupils are taught in two classes: one for older pupils, and one for younger. The school was last inspected in November 2016 when the overall effectiveness was judged to be inadequate and a number of independent school standards were found to be unmet. Following two monitoring visits, in June and October 2017, these unmet standards had been addressed successfully. All independent school standards remain met.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The determined efforts of the headteacher, and the strong support provided by staff, has ensured that Little Acorns is a good school. The curriculum provides very well for pupils’ learning needs. Lessons typically capture pupils’ interests and keep them focused on tasks. There is a strong safeguarding culture at Little Acorns. Effective staff training ensures that everyone knows the actions to take to protect pupils from harm. Teaching is good. Highly positive relationships between staff and pupils shine throughout the school. Pupils’ personal development and welfare are outstanding. For instance, additional learning opportunities support pupils’ social, emotional and well-being requirements to a high standard. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. Staff support pupils to attend well and help them to value the education they receive. Strong links are in place between the school and the children’s home where pupils live. All staff promote pupils’ well-being needs to a high standard. Pupils achieve well in a range of subjects. Work in pupils’ books demonstrates that pupils have pride in their work. Governance has strengthened significantly. Governors carefully monitor pupils’ achievements against their care plans. Rightly, governors are refining their work to improve their scrutiny of pupils’ academic achievements. Systems to support staff members’ ongoing professional development are not fully refined. This limits the headteacher’s ability to develop further teaching and learning. Staff do not deliver the school’s chosen phonics strategy well enough. Some staff do not have strong phonics subject knowledge. 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.