The Spires

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About The Spires

Name The Spires
Ofsted Inspections
Mrs Kirsty Fletcher
Address School Lane, Salisbury, SP1 3YA
Phone Number 01722820970
Phase Independent (special)
Type Other independent special school
Age Range 6-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 28 (53.6% boys 46.4% girls)
Local Authority Wiltshire

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The effectiveness of leadership and management is good. Leaders, including the proprietary board, have ensured that all the independent school standards are met. The acting headteacher has quickly gained the respect and support of the staff team. She is resolute in her determination to ensure that pupils receive the best care and education. Leaders have an accurate knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of the school. However, improvement plans are not sufficiently focussed on how actions will have an impact on pupil achievement. Subject leaders do not have the opportunity to monitor and evaluate the quality of teaching and learning. This hampers their ability to drive forward improvements in the subjects they lead. Teaching is good. Staff have a secure understanding of pupils’ needs and are passionate in their work. They show resilience and a determination to provide pupils with high-quality learning opportunities. Safeguarding is effective. Staff are well trained and are vigilant in ensuring that pupils are, and feel, safe. Relationships between staff and pupils are inspiring. This enables pupils to thrive in an environment where they feel safe, nurtured and well looked after. Outcomes for pupils are typically good. Pupils arrive in the school with significant gaps in their learning. Good teaching is beginning to help pupils close the gaps. However, as yet, pupils do not achieve as well as they could, especially with their writing. The curriculum, while covering a range of subjects and being effectively intertwined with therapeutic provision, is underdeveloped. It does not meet the needs of pupils well enough. Pupils’ behaviour is typically good. Staff understand pupils’ needs extremely well and manage their complex and emotional needs skilfully. The school works effectively with clinicians and therapists to ensure that pupils receive high-quality therapy, following the significant traumas they have experienced. Most parents and carers speak positively about the school. They appreciate the level of care and guidance their children receive. 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 Spires is operated by Five Rivers Child Care Ltd. The school operates on one site in Salisbury. The Spires is an independent special school. The school provides specialist education for up to 22 pupils aged eight to 18 years who have severe social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Pupils are placed by their respective local authority. Many, but not all, of the pupils have an education, health and care plan. There are currently pupils in key stage 2 and key stage 3. The school receives no additional funding from the government. The school uses one alternative provider, Wiltshire Outdoor Learning. In addition, pupils are encouraged to visit and take part in activities off the school site. When this happens, pupils are escorted at all times by members of the school staff.

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