Meadow View Learning Centre

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About Meadow View Learning Centre

Name Meadow View Learning Centre
Ofsted Inspections
Mr Darius Robinson
Address 150 Chorley Road, Withnel, Chorley, PR6 8BN
Phone Number 01254833579
Phase Independent (special)
Type Other independent special school
Age Range 8-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 9
Local Authority Lancashire

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher, deputy headteacher and pastoral leader form a highly effective and ambitious team. Together, they have resolved previous areas for improvement and strengthened the quality of teaching and learning. The proprietor and governors support the school exceptionally well. Together with senior leaders they make sure that stringent safeguarding procedures are adhered to and all the independent school standards are met. Pupils benefit from a highly stimulating personalised curriculum. This secures their interests and ensures their good progress in English, mathematics and science. However, pupils’ depth of understanding in history and geography is somewhat limited. Teachers have high expectations of pupils. Effective support is available to ensure that pupils meet, and exceed, their individual targets. Occasionally, work is not matched to pupils’ different skills and abilities. Teachers and teaching assistants form strong bonds with pupils, with whom they have excellent relationships. Senior leaders’ work to enhance pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding and appreciation of British values is very effective. Pupils benefit from an extensive range of outdoor activities such white-water rafting, rock-climbing and orienteering. Few opportunities are available for pupils to engage in vocational learning activities. Pupils have access to excellent pastoral and therapeutic support, which helps them to manage their emotions and previous traumatic experiences. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. They work hard to overcome barriers to learning, attend school regularly and are determined to succeed. The school’s work to cater for pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding. The school’s own surveys indicate that parents, carers and representatives from local authorities are positive about pupils’ behaviour, safety and progress. 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.

Information about this school

Meadow View Learning Centre is a co-educational specialist school, providing support for a small number of pupils, most of whom have an EHC plan. All are in the care of local authorities. The school opened in 2012 and is situated in a rural area near Chorley. It provides education for pupils between the ages of eight and 18 years. At the time of the inspection, all pupils were aged between 11 and 14 years. The school is owned by the Witherslack Group, which provides specialist education and care for young people with social, emotional and mental health needs. The group runs a large number of schools and care provisions across the country. Most pupils have a range of complex learning difficulties and various barriers to their learning. Pupils are placed at the school, often having missed long periods of education. Each is provided with a personalised curriculum. Meadow View Learning Centre is described as a ‘co-educational, specialist 52-week fully integrated, therapeutic, education and care provision … committed to providing a safe, positive, nurturing, learning and home environment, where high aspirations lead to achievement and positive futures.’ Since the previous inspection, there have been several staff appointments, including two teachers. In addition, the senior leadership team has been reorganised and includes a new headteacher, who took up post in September 2018. The school works with one external provider, 4 Techmoto Ltd, which is based in Longbridge, Lancashire.

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