Rutherford School

Name Rutherford School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address 1a Melville Avenue, South Croydon, CR2 7HZ
Phone Number 02086887560
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 3-25
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 24 (54.2% boys 45.8% girls)
Local Authority Croydon
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No

Information about this school

Rutherford School is an independent special day school in the London Borough of Croydon. The proprietorial body is the Garwood Foundation, which consists of a board of trustees. The trustees delegate governance to a governing body. The school provides education for up to 28 pupils aged 3 to 19. Pupils have education, health and care plans for their profound and multiple learning difficulties. There are no children on roll in early years and very few pupils of primary age. The school does not provide separate sixth-form provision. There are a few students of sixth-form age. Following this inspection, leaders intend to apply for a material change to the school’s registration agreement with the Department for Education to increase the age range from 3–19 to 3–25. The school does not make use of alternative provision. The school’s previous inspection was a full standard inspection undertaken by Ofsted in July 2015.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher, new in post since the previous inspection, leads the school effectively. She has successfully begun to raise professional expectations of all staff, in challenging circumstances. However, her efforts to raise standards and innovate teaching are not fully embedded. Parents and carers and placing authorities are generally very positive about the school. The school’s approach to caring for pupils and developing their personal skills is outstanding. Staff know pupils very well and are committed to improving their lives. The school’s arrangements for safeguarding are effective. Pupils who are especially vulnerable and unable to verbalise their views are kept as safe as possible. Parents, staff and placing authorities all agree they have no concerns about pupils’ safety at the school. A range of therapies, including music, drama, physio and aqua, complement the curriculum. These facilitate pupils’ progress especially well. Teaching is typically good. Consequently, pupils make good progress. However, teaching sometimes lacks sharpness. Leaders’ checks on the quality of teaching lack rigour, which limits more rapid improvement. Leaders are in the process of reviewing their assessment system as it does not sufficiently identify pupils’ progress over time. All the independent school standards are met. However, leaders and governors do not check that they are compliant with these standards. During the inspection, leaders had to undertake some additional work to meet some of the requirements. 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.