Liverpool Progressive School

Name Liverpool Progressive School
Ofsted Inspections
Address Rice Lane, Walton, Liverpool, L9 1NR
Phone Number 01515254004
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 8-19
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 20 (80% boys 20% girls)
Local Authority Liverpool
Percentage Free School Meals 0.0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No

Information about this school

Liverpool Progressive School is located in purpose-built premises in the Walton area of Liverpool. It operates solely from this site. The Keys Group took over the proprietorial role of the school in April of 2017. The previous deputy headteacher left Liverpool Progressive School at the end of last year to become a headteacher in a different school. Subsequently, two new appointments were made to the roles of assistant headteacher. Liverpool Progressive School is registered with the Department for Education to support the educational needs of eight- to 19-year-olds who are experiencing social, emotional and behaviour learning difficulties. All pupils have an education, health and care plan. Pupils are usually referred to the school through their local education authority, social services or health authority. A number are in the care of their local authorities. The school is registered to admit up to 33 pupils. There are currently 17 pupils on roll, in the age range 13 to 19 years. Pupils are grouped according to their individual stage of development and personal, social and learning needs. The school does not make use of the services of any alternative providers. The school was last inspected in March 2015. The headteacher was not present during the inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Since the last inspection, excellent leadership at all levels, including by the headteacher and from the proprietor, has ensured that the school continues to provide an outstanding and improving education. The school clearly meets the independent school standards. The dedicated and passionate staff address barriers to pupils’ learning and relentlessly seek successful strategies to support them. Teachers teach what pupils need to learn to make a successful start to their adult lives. Staff work closely with families to learn from them how to best help their children and, when needed, to offer excellent support to families. Almost all pupils join this school having previously had very negative experiences of education and having displayed very challenging patterns of behaviour. This school does a remarkable and highly successful job in helping pupils understand and manage their own behaviour. There is a highly positive culture throughout the school. Pupils from a very wide range of starting points make excellent progress. Pupils who move into the sixth form provision benefit from the same excellent standards of care and teaching. All progress rapidly and on completion of their course many are ready to move to mainstream college. Levels of care and welfare are outstanding. Staff know their pupils’ personalities and needs in great detail. Staff can therefore, with great skill, calm pupils and support them when they feel insecure. Staff are very observant and know, often before a pupil knows, when something is not right. Pupils spend their days in Liverpool Progressive School feeling happy, secure and successful. Their levels of achievement are excellent. This was summed up by one parent who described her son’s school as ‘the best part of his life’. As systems to record pupils’ development and achievements have evolved, they have become fragmented. Although pupils’ progress in different areas is closely monitored, tracking systems do not provide a holistic overview of pupils’ social, emotional and academic development over time. 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.