Maple View School

Name Maple View School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 06 March 2018
Phone Number 01332404888
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 6-19
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Derby
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Mackworth House School is an independent special school located on the outskirts of the city of Derby. The school is registered to admit up to 18 full-time boys and girls in the age range six to 19 years. There are currently seven pupils on roll. Pupils are taught either in the lower school, which offers key stage 2 provision, or in the upper school, which offers key stage 3 provision. Pupils who are above the compulsory school age receive their education in the upper school. They pursue a curriculum that is appropriate to their stage of education, including preparing them for adulthood. All pupils have autistic spectrum disorder with associated complex special educational needs. This includes either no or limited communication skills. All pupils have an education, health and care (EHC) plan. Pupils have had significant disruption to their education with a history of poor attendance. The school does not make use of any alternative providers. The school’s ethos is to provide high-quality personalised education and support for children and young people with autistic spectrum disorder. There has been a recent change to the school’s headteacher. The current headteacher took up her post in February 2018. The school’s last standard inspection took place on 16 and 17 September 2014.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders at all levels know the school and pupils well. They are ambitious for their pupils. Pupils make good progress because of the good teaching they receive. Some pupils, particularly in the key stage 2 provision, make even better progress because of the well-targeted support they receive to become secure in their skills. Leaders regularly check on the quality of teaching. They provide staff with appropriate support to ensure that teaching is consistently good across the school. Leaders have carefully designed the curriculum to cater for pupils’ additional needs and their interests. Pupils’ personal development and behaviour is outstanding. This is because of the high levels of care and support that staff provide to ensure that pupils make strong progress in their personal development. Pupils have positive attitudes to school, and attend regularly. This is because of the strong support all pupils receive from the adults who work with them. Staff and leaders provide highly effective support to help pupils to manage their behaviour and resolve any anxieties they may have. All staff are highly vigilant of pupils’ welfare. They work closely with pupils, parents and carers to ensure that pupils are safe and know how to be safe. The director of the company which owns the school provides effective challenge and support, including through his appointed representative. While there is regular training for staff, the opportunity to work with colleagues from other, similar, schools is limited. Pupils in the key stage 3 provision do not always achieve as highly as they could. This is because they do not develop the full range of their skills securely across all subjects. Leaders work closely with the school’s improvement partner. However, this support is recent and has yet to ensure that the quality of leadership is at the highest level. 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.