Tabernacle School

Name Tabernacle School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address 32 St Ann’s Villas, Holland Park, London, W11 4RS
Phone Number 02076026232
Type Independent
Age Range 3-18
Religious Character Christian
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 20 (35% boys 65% girls)
Local Authority Kensington and Chelsea
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No

Information about this school

The Tabernacle School is an independent Christian day school for pupils aged between 3 and 18. It is affiliated to the Tabernacle Christian Centre church. It is located in a Grade Two listed Victorian building in Holland Park. The school was registered in March 1999 to educate 60 pupils. At the time of the previous inspection, there were 32 pupils on roll. There are no children in the nursery, and none in key stage 4 or post 16. There are a small number of children in the early years foundation stage. Ofsted last inspected the school in October 2017, when leadership and management were judged to require improvement. This related to some unmet independent school standards. The school produced an action plan, which was deemed acceptable in March 2018. A small number of pupils have a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan. No pupil attends alternative provision.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Trustees, the principal and the vice-principal, have created a nurturing and creative learning environment where aspirations are high and pupils make good progress. The curriculum is designed to provide ‘education for living’ within a Christian ethos. Pupils learn to respect each other’s beliefs, religions and lifestyles so that they are well prepared for life in modern Britain. Leaders continue to adapt the curriculum to meet pupils’ diverse learning needs. Leaders proactively cultivate pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development. As a result, pupils develop into responsible citizens. Teachers plan activities that encourage pupils to be inquisitive and curious learners who are able to articulate their ideas and thoughts. Leaders carefully track pupils’ progress and intervene quickly should their progress stall. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. They are eager and enthusiastic learners who show high levels of respect towards each other and staff. They routinely support each other to achieve well. Pupils who join the school mid-term, or with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), make consistently good progress from their starting points. They quickly settle into school life and are well supported by their peers and school staff. Children in the early years are supported to make good gains in their learning, particularly in reading. However, the reading programme for older pupils lacks a systematic and shared approach. The pastor and the trustees have sharpened their focus on ensuring that the school provides a good standard of education and that safeguarding is effective. Administrative checks on the school’s compliance with statutory guidance are not always timely. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to The Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 and associated requirements.