|Name||Tameside Pupil Referral Service|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Requires improvement|
|Inspection Date||19 June 2018|
|Address||Globe Lane, Dukinfield, Cheshire, SK16 4UJ|
|Type||Pupil Referral Unit|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||144 (72% boys 28% girls)|
|Percentage Free School Meals||40.3%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||No|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
Tameside Pupil Referral Service was formed in 2011. It caters for pupils who have been excluded from mainstream schools and also provides education for a small group of key stage 4 pupils who have an EHC plan for social, emotional and mental health needs. These pupils have a discrete base within the key stage 4 site, but are integrated with all other pupils wherever appropriate. The school comprises three sites. Elmbridge School offers provision for key stage 2 and 3 pupils. White Bridge College offers provision for key stage 4 pupils and the Ryecroft site offers one to one or small group support for pupils who find it difficult to be part of a larger group. Summit, an outdoor provision, is also located at the Ryecroft site and is accessed by the vast majority of pupils who attend the service. The school mainly serves the Tameside area although a small number of pupils arrive from out of the borough. Pupils often join the school part way through a school year, many in key stage 4. There has also been an influx of key stage 2 pupils. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is higher than the national average. A number of these have social, emotional and mental health difficulties. There is an above-average proportion of pupils who have an EHC plan or a statement of special educational needs. Most pupils are of White British heritage, with the proportion of pupils from ethnic minority groups being below the national average. Boys considerably outnumber girls. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is higher than the national average. The school uses a range of alternative providers. These are currently Works 4 U, Tameside College, Active Tameside, GMAP and Broadstones.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a school that requires improvement The leadership has not taken decisive enough action to tackle the staffing issues within the service. Pockets of low expectation and a reluctance to embrace change remain. As a result, the service is not improving as quickly as it should and this is affecting the achievement of pupils. Pupils’ progress is uneven through the service. This is most evident at key stage 3 where pupils are not making the progress they could. There are differences in the quality of provision between sites and in some subjects. Most significant is the disparity in the consistency of high-quality teaching and learning. The curriculum, particularly, but not exclusively, in key stage 3, does not inspire or engage pupils as much as it could. It does not spark their interest or aspirations enough to make them want to learn. This is most evident in English and mathematics. There is not a sufficiently strategic view of the progress and achievements of all pupils, personally, emotionally and in terms of resilience. Expectations of pupils’ learning in lessons are not consistently high enough, particularly in reading, writing and mathematics. Teaching is inconsistent. Some teachers are not using the assessment information available to pinpoint what should be taught to support pupils’ learning and move them on further. Pupils are not engaged in their learning in reading, writing and mathematics. They are uninterested because they do not see the purpose of learning in these subjects. Pupils are sometimes bored and aimless at breaktimes. The school has the following strengths Leaders have worked extremely hard and largely successfully to improve the school. By the end of Year 11, pupils make good progress. They are offered good careers advice and vocational placements with a range of alternative providers. Attendance has improved and exclusions have significantly reduced in the last year. The school motto ‘Learn today, earn tomorrow’ typifies the school’s approach of offering pupils good-quality opportunities to experience the world of work. Pupils’ care, welfare and well-being are paramount. Safeguarding is effective. Parents, carers and pupils feel that they are very safe and well cared for.