The Sullivan Centre

Name The Sullivan Centre
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 05 June 2019
Address Boulevard, Hull, HU3 3EL
Phone Number 01482585203
Type Pupil Referral Unit
Age Range 5-16
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 24 (54% boys 46% girls)
Local Authority Kingston upon Hull, City of
Percentage Free School Meals 62.5%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The Sullivan Centre is part of the Venn Academy Trust. The school has a local governing body. The school converted to become an academy in 2015. When the predecessor school, was last inspected by Ofsted it was judged to be good overall. In June 2018, a short inspection was carried out. At this time, inspectors were of the opinion that the school had demonstrated strong practice and marked improvement in specific areas and recommended this section 5 inspection. The school provides education based at Hull Royal Infirmary, home tuition for pupils who are too ill to attend school and supports other schools in the local authority. A small number of pupils have an EHC plan. All other pupils have complex emotional difficulties and are involved with the child and adolescent mental health services. Pupils who attend the school are placed there by the local authority and have missed significant periods of learning time at school. There are currently no pupils in key stages 1 or 2. Most pupils are dual registered with a high school. The school does not place any pupils in alternative provision.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The head of school is highly ambitious and determined for all pupils to be the best that they can be. She ensures that leaders, teachers and support staff are very well trained. School staff are highly supportive of her ambition for the school. The head of school provides exceptional and dynamic leadership. She inspires all of those she works with to strive to be the very best. Senior leaders’ exemplary work to enhance pupils’ emotional well-being and personal development is highly effective. Governors provide excellent support and challenge to senior leaders. They use their skills and knowledge to make sure they are always aware of the strategic direction of the school. Leaders have ensured that the curriculum includes a wide range of subjects for pupils to study. Pupils have opportunities to gain a range of qualifications and accreditations, including English and mathematics at varying levels. Teaching, learning and assessment is outstanding. Pupils’ starting points are assessed accurately. This enables teachers to plan highly engaging, motivating and personalised learning opportunities. Highly effective teaching and assessment systems and strategies are in place which consider specific pupils’ needs. These support each pupil to learn very successfully. Staff have very high expectations of themselves and their pupils. They provide a high level of emotional support when necessary while placing great importance on developing pupils’ independence skills. Pupils are kind, caring and demonstrate mature levels of empathy to one another. They are enthusiastic learners who understand and appreciate the opportunities that the school is providing them with. Behaviour during social times and in classrooms is outstanding. In mathematics, the quality of teaching and the progress of pupils in key stage 4 are not as consistently outstanding as seen in key stage 3. Although pupils benefit from a range of religious education (RE) lessons and activities, this is not yet fully embedded throughout the curriculum in key stage 4.