The Boulevard Centre


Name The Boulevard Centre
Website http://www.theboulevardcentre.org.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 22 January 2014
Address 172 Boulevard, Kingston-upon-Hull, HU3 3EL
Phone Number 01482585203
Type Pupil Referral Unit
Age Range 13-18
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 16 (18% boys 82% girls)
Local Authority Kingston upon Hull, City of
Percentage Free School Meals 60%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The Boulevard Centre is a pupil referral unit for young women from the City of Kingston-upon-Hull. It provides education for up to 40 girls who are unwilling or unable to attend mainstream provision either during pregnancy or after having a baby. More girls are now staying on beyond the school leaving age in order to complete GCSE courses and take additional vocational courses. While no students have a statement of special educational needs, all have missed periods of education and are identified as requiring additional educational support. Additional learning programmes are supported by partnerships with the city’s adult education service and the art and design department at Hull College. Virtually all the students are White British. At the time of the inspection one student was looked after by the local authority. Pupil premium funding is allocated for all students. This is additional government funding to support the learning of students known to be eligible for free school meals, those in the care of the local authority and those who have a parent serving in the armed forces. Since the previous inspection the centre has acquired additional space in an adjoining building that has enabled the development of additional specialist teaching rooms, social areas, exercise facilities and a dining room for students. There are new subject leaders for English and mathematics. The headteacher also has responsibility for the on-site day nursery which has increased in size since the previous inspection. The nursery is inspected separately by Ofsted and a report of its quality can be found on our website, www.ofsted.gov.uk.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. The centre continues to provide an outstanding level of education, care and support. It has a ‘life changing’ impact on the students as they deal with the emotions and challenges of becoming a parent. Students make outstanding progress in English, mathematics and a range of other subjects because of the support from staff who expect that each individual will achieve her full potential. Usually, all students gain at least five GCSEs that include English and mathematics, many in the equivalent of one year of study. Each year, significantly more are attaining the higher A* to C grades. Outstanding teaching is underpinned by high expectations and excellent relationships between the students and with staff. Staff’s knowledge of the students is used alongside excellent subject knowledge to plan engaging and challenging learning activities. Students settle quickly and enjoy attending the centre. Excellent opportunities are provided that enable students to successfully ‘catch-up’ and fill the gaps in their learning so that almost all choose to continue in education beyond the age of 16. Behaviour is outstanding and students demonstrate high levels of maturity both in lessons and around the centre. Students say that they feel safe in the centre, and this is enhanced by the knowledge that their children are safe in the centre’s nursery. Strong partnerships with agencies such as health, social services and adult education ensure that students’ needs and those of their babies are met. This supports students to attend regularly. The outstanding leadership provided by the headteacher, alongside the challenge of the management committee and funding support from the local authority, has enabled the centre to continue to thrive. The restructure of the management committee has ensured that members have the skills to challenge leaders, take on new responsibilities for financial management and fulfil its statutory duties. Each year, more students choose to stay beyond their statutory leaving age in order to complete their studies and gain valuable work-related qualifications. The range of vocational courses available for these students is limited.