TLC The Learning Centre

Name TLC The Learning Centre
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 05 June 2018
Address Princes Plain, Bromley, Kent, BR2 8LD
Phone Number 01689824463
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Bromley
Percentage Free School Meals 0.0%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.7%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

TLC is a small independent day school in the London Borough of Bromley. It provides permanent school placements and temporary alternative provision for girls with a range of complex needs, including learning difficulties, autistic spectrum disorder and social, emotional and mental health difficulties. The school works with pupils excluded from, or at risk of exclusion from, schools in a number of local authorities in the vicinity. Some pupils on short-term placements are dual-registered. Almost all pupils have education, health and care plans. The school makes no use of alternative provision. However, pupils attend weekly physical education sessions at the local gym facilities at Uppercutz gym, Whitebeam Avenue, Bromley BR1 8DD. The school has one pupil on roll aged 18. The registration authority (the Department for Education) was only informed of this during the inspection and therefore the school is operating beyond the age range of its registration agreement. The school’s previous inspection was a full standard inspection in October 2014.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The proprietor, who is also the headteacher, has ensured that all the independent school standards are met. The school’s arrangements for keeping pupils safe are effective. As a result, pupils say they feel safe, secure and comfortable to be themselves at TLC. Teaching is effective. Pupils make good progress and achieve qualifications in a range of subjects. The school promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, and equality, very well. Pupils are prepared well for their next steps. Some return to their mainstream schools, others proceed to further education, training or employment. Pupils are respectful, willing to learn and proud of their achievements. They behave well. Pupils’ attendance is typically better than previously. Parents and carers are generally very positive about the school. Leaders are in the process of reviewing their assessment system. It will track pupils’ progress more thoroughly in all subjects, and in relation to their social and emotional progress. Governance is developing. The proprietor has very recently appointed three external professionals to form a management committee. Though the school has use of appropriate outdoor space, there is no timetabled daily use of it. Pupils need more regular opportunities to go outside for exercise and recreation. There are too few opportunities for teachers’ professional development, for collaboration and even simply for staff to meet regularly as a team. This limits whole-school improvement. 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.