Longdon Hall School

Name Longdon Hall School
Website http://www.longdonhallschool.co.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Address Longdon Hall School, Longdon Green, Staffordshire, WS15 4PT
Phone Number 01543491051
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 7-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 75 (92% boys 8% girls)
Local Authority Staffordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 0.0%
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No

Information about this school

Longdon Hall School is registered for boys and girls aged seven to 18 years. However, at the time of inspection there were no pupils above the age of 16. The school admits pupils who have social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Some pupils also have a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder with associated learning difficulties. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs or education, health and care plan and some have experienced disrupted education, having been excluded from their previous schools. The school was registered in July 2011, opened in September 2011 and received its first full inspection on 15 May 2012, when it was judged outstanding, with all the independent school standards met. In July 2014, following a material change visit, the school expanded its roll to a maximum of 76 pupils. At the time of this inspection there were 70 pupils on roll. The school is owned by Acorn Care and Education, a national provider of schools and foster care. The school aims to provide a ‘caring structured learning environment in which all pupils can develop academically, socially, emotionally and morally to their full potential and in which staff feel safe, secure and valued’. Pupils come from several different neighbouring local authorities. Some are children looked after. The current headteacher took up his post in September 2014. The school also has an executive headteacher, who oversees a number of schools in the Acorn group. The school does not use any alternative provision.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Since the last inspection, the school has flourished and built on its outstanding provision. Senior leaders and managers have ensured that pupils achieve exceptionally well. The teaching of new subjects by highly skilled staff adds richness and enjoyment to pupils’ experiences. Younger pupils make rapid progress when they join the school. This progress is sustained, and by the time pupils leave school they achieve well, gaining nationally recognised qualifications. Pupils enjoy school and they recognise the substantial improvements they have made academically and socially. The trusting and supportive relationships between staff and pupils ensure that pupils thrive. Parents and other stakeholders place a high value on the work of the school. They know that it transforms pupils’ lives. The school continues to meet all the independent school standards. Outstanding teaching enables pupils to make outstanding progress. Teaching is inspirational and raises pupils’ aspirations of what they can achieve when they leave school. The personal development, behaviour and welfare of pupils are outstanding. Pupils make enormous strides in improving their behaviour and attendance. They develop a thirst for learning and are eager participants in lessons. Leadership and management at all levels are outstanding. The well-being and the successful development of pupils’ potential are at the heart of the work of the school. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted exceptionally well. They learn to work collaboratively and develop a wider understanding of different cultures. There are not enough opportunities for pupils to undertake work experience away from the school community. 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.