Phoenix U16 Independent School

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Phoenix U16 Independent School

Name Phoenix U16 Independent School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 23 January 2018
Address Unit E, Metro Business Park, Clough Street, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 4AF
Phone Number 01782922306
Type Independent
Age Range 14-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 25 (44% boys 56% girls)
Local Authority Stoke-on-Trent
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Phoenix U16 School provides full and part-time education for pupils between the ages of 14 and 16 and is registered by the Department for Education (DfE) to accommodate up to 25 pupils on a full-time basis. Twenty pupils currently attend the school full time, with seven pupils attending on a part-time basis. Eight pupils are dual-registered with other education providers. The local authority retains the statutory responsibility to ensure that pupils receive full-time education and their full entitlement to the curriculum. The school operates from a converted warehouse unit on a business park in the Hanley area of Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire. Pupils are referred to the school by local secondary schools or the local authority. Pupils attending Phoenix U16 typically have a range of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and have either been excluded or are at risk of exclusion from their previous setting. The school aims to address the individual social, emotional and learning needs of its young people by developing their self-esteem and teaching them to make appropriate choices to enable them to continue on into further education, training and employment. The school does not use any alternative providers. The school was first registered by the DfE in January 2012. It was last inspected in March 2013.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders and staff work together as a highly effective team. They are ambitious and share a clear vision. They are aspirational and have high expectations for their pupils. The school is very effective at achieving its aim of developing pupils’ self-esteem and ensuring that they make good academic progress. This has ensured that the vast majority of pupils leave the school ready to enter further education or training. The school meets all of the independent school standards. The school works very effectively with a range of agencies and professionals to ensure that pupils are well cared for, supported and safe. Teachers use the school’s assessment system well to ensure that teaching and learning is well matched to individual pupil’s learning needs. Behaviour is well managed. The behaviour of many pupils has improved significantly over time. The small teaching groups ensures that most lessons run smoothly and pupils are well supported to make good gains in their learning. Good attendance is promoted and rewarded. Consequently, pupils’ attendance is improving over time and the number of pupils who attend regularly and punctually is increasing. However, attendance for some pupils remains too low. Pupils are not always given enough time in lessons to reflect on their learning and practise new skills. Pupils do not always work with the same consistently high standards across all curriculum areas. Leaders do not always make the best use of the information they gather about the school’s performance. 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.