The Old School House

Name The Old School House
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 19 September 2017
Address 1 March Road, Friday Bridge, Wisbech, PE14 0HA
Phone Number 01945861114
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 7-16
Religious Character None
Gender Boys
Number of Pupils 6 (100% boys)
Local Authority Cambridgeshire
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language %
Persisitent Absence %
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection:

Information about this school

The Old School House is an independent special school for boys aged between 9 and 16 years. The school provides education for up to six pupils with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Some pupils at the school are children who are looked after. The proprietor, and the director of social care, provide the governance for the school. At its previous inspection, the school’s overall effectiveness and all key judgement areas were assessed as good. All of the independent school regulations were met. The headteacher took up her post in September 2016. Pupils often presented challenging behaviour in their previous schools. Many pupils have experienced disruption in their previous education. All pupils on roll have education, health and care plans. Local authorities fund pupils’ placements at the school. Since the previous standard inspection, the school requested a material change to extend the lower age range of pupils to 7 years. The inspector considered this during this inspection, and judged that the school was likely to meet the relevant independent school standards should the material change be implemented. This inspection was aligned with the welfare inspection. A copy of that report is published separately on Ofsted’s website. The school does not use any alternative provision.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders provide a service that helps transform the lives of the pupils and their families. Pupils receive high-quality care that helps build their confidence and self-esteem. Staff support pupils to re-engage in education successfully. Pupils enjoy school and rarely miss a day. Their attendance is well above national expectations. Pupils are well taught because leaders check regularly to ensure that they receive good-quality teaching, learning and assessment. Staff instil fundamental British values and foster a sense of belonging amongst pupils. As one said, ‘This is the only school I have been where I feel wanted and needed.’ Staff understand pupils’ needs well; they build positive relationships with pupils to help them develop both socially and academically. The curriculum promotes pupils’ learning, progress and personal development well. Pupils’ actions demonstrate its effectiveness. Leaders’ regular checks on the effectiveness of the school have helped to ensure that all of the independent school standards are met. Teachers plan work carefully. Pupils find the work interesting; it helps them to fill in the gaps in their learning. Pupils make good progress from their different starting points and against the targets in their individual plans. Pupils feel safe and are taught how to stay safe. Staff regularly update pupils’ risk assessments, helping to keep them safe. Monitoring systems do not enable leaders to produce information quickly and efficiently. Leaders’ self-evaluation and development plan need to be broader and more detailed. A small number of teachers do not always challenge pupils’ lack of effort quickly enough or show the skill required to drive rapid improvements in pupils’ learning. 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.