Shelldene House School


Name Shelldene House School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 15 May 2018
Address Shelldene House, 20 Main Road, Wisbech, PE14 0HJ
Phone Number 01945861122
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 12-19
Religious Character None
Gender Boys
Number of Pupils 7 (100% boys)
Local Authority Cambridgeshire
Percentage English is Not First Language %
Persisitent Absence %
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection:

Information about this school

Shelldene House is a day special school providing full-time education for pupils who have experienced difficulties in their previous educational placements. Most pupils have been excluded or were at risk of exclusion as a result of their emotional and social difficulties. A few pupils have communication difficulties, including autism spectrum disorder. The school admits pupils in the age range 12 to 16 years. Pupils currently on roll are all boys aged between 13 and 15 years. All have a personal education plan or an education, health and care plan. The school provides a curriculum which combines academic, personal development and vocational experiences. The school does not use alternative providers. The school does not use supply staff. The school was previously inspected in April 2015. At that time, all aspects of the school’s work were judged good and all of the independent school standards were met.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Staff give high priority to safeguarding all pupils. Teamwork is effective. Pupils feel safe and learn how to keep safe. Staff help pupils to manage their emotional needs. Pupils behave well. They are encouraged to make the right choices and to develop their resilience. Pupils are proud of their school. They respect staff and socialise well with adults and with each other. Attendance is very good. Almost all pupils attend every day. The directors and the headteacher have ensured that all the independent school standards are met. The school prepares pupils well for the next stage of their education, training or employment. Teachers provide a variety of activities to help pupils learn, although some morning sessions are not planned well. Older pupils make good progress on their vocational and GCSE courses. Since the previous inspection, the school has maintained its strengths and improved pupils’ outcomes in humanities, mathematics and science. Most resources help pupils learn, although the effective use of modern technology is lacking. In English and mathematics, staff check pupils’ progress against their starting points well. Assessment in other subjects is too infrequent. The curriculum is relevant, and enriched through practical tasks. These varied experiences motivate pupils, but they are not used well enough to reinforce literacy and computing skills. In some subjects, staff have had insufficient training. 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.