The Grange Learning Centre

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About The Grange Learning Centre

Name The Grange Learning Centre
Ofsted Inspections
Mr Mark Boyle
Address Low Willington, DL15 0TY
Phone Number 08442571282
Phase Independent (special)
Type Other independent special school
Age Range 7-19
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 18 (72.2% boys 27.8% girls)
Local Authority County Durham

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Leaders and managers have ensured that all the independent school standards are met. The headteacher is inspirational in his dedication to the pupils, staff and the school. He has continued to develop and improve the school since the last inspection. The leadership team promotes the well-being of staff and pupils. They ensure that many levels of support are in place. Staff are highly skilled, motivated and determined to provide pupils with the best school experience possible. Staff are a very close-knit team and they support each other in their daily practice very well. Governors support the school extremely well. They provide high levels of challenge and hold leaders to account for the progress they make in improving the school. Safeguarding practice, led by the designated safeguarding lead, is exceptional. Leaders and staff work hard to ensure that pupils are kept safe and feel safe. Pupils value the staff and the opportunities that the school gives them. For many, it is the first positive experience of school they have had. Pupils enjoy learning; they feel understood and well cared for by all members of staff. The personal development of pupils is exceptional. Pupils make significant progress in their own behaviour management due to the support from staff and therapists. Behaviour is typically outstanding. Pupils make strong and sustained progress in all year groups and across all subjects. This is because of the high-quality teaching they receive and the support of the school’s therapists and specialist practitioners. Pupils access a wide range of qualifications. Together with the support of the excellent careers guidance they receive, pupils are enabled to achieve their future aspirations. 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.

Information about this school

The Grange Learning Centre is an independent special school and is part of the Witherslack Group. The school is registered for 18 pupils in the age range 8 to19. Currently there are 17 pupils at the school and no learners in the sixth form. The school caters for pupils with a range of special educational needs and/or disabilities involving complex social, emotional and mental health difficulties. A small number of pupils have an education, health and care plan. The school’s last standard inspection took place in October 2016. Pupils often presented challenging behaviour in their previous schools. Many of the pupils have experienced significant disruption in their previous education or substantial periods of time missing education. Currently pupils are placed at the school from 10 different local authorities. The school does not use any alternative education providers.

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