The Write Time

Name The Write Time
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address 14 Willis Road, London, CR0 2XX
Phone Number 02086897676
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 12-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 13 (76.9% boys 23.1% girls)
Local Authority Croydon
Percentage Free School Meals 0.0%
Pupils with SEN Support 60%
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No

Information about this school

The Write Time is a small independent day school in the London Borough of Croydon. The school provides full-time and part-time alternative provision for pupils who are typically excluded from school or referred from pupil referral units in the vicinity. The school offers a respite service to schools, providing short-term places for pupils with behavioural needs. The school does not use off-site provision. Many pupils have an education, health and care plan. All pupils experience social, emotional and/or mental health difficulties.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders are committed to providing high-quality provision for pupils unable to be educated in mainstream schools and pupil referral units. A dedicated team of staff helps pupils overcome difficulties. This is so that they can gain the qualifications and skills they need to move on to the next stage of their education, training or employment. Leaders and staff work hard to gain the trust of pupils, parents and carers. They make sure that the school’s family ethos extends to all members of the school community. Leaders have improved the quality of teaching and learning. Teachers monitor pupils’ progress from their different starting points and know exactly what each pupil needs to do to improve. The attendance of most pupils improves as they re-engage in their learning. However, poor punctuality for some pupils means that they often miss the start of the school day and parts of lessons. Teachers adapt lesson activities so that all pupils can access the learning. They work closely with support staff to ensure that pupils’ individual needs are understood and met. Most pupils achieve qualifications in English, mathematics and science during their time at the school. Pupils study a range of subjects, including employability and creative arts. More vocational courses would broaden the curriculum offer to meet the needs of the pupils. Pupils’ behaviour is good. Pupils often join the school with very negative attitudes towards learning. Leaders and staff use their specialist training and expertise to help pupils to understand and resolve behavioural issues in a positive way. Pupils are safe and well cared for. Staff know pupils extremely well and are vigilant to any welfare concerns. Pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills improve during their time at school. However, pupils would benefit from more opportunities and resources to develop their reading skills. 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.