|Name||Twycross House School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||06 June 2017|
|Address||1 Main Road, Twycross, Atherstone, Warwickshire, CV9 3PL|
|Number of Pupils||404 (47% boys 53% girls)|
|Percentage Free School Meals||0%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||0%|
Information about this school
Twycross House School is an independent, selective day school in Twycross, near Atherstone in Warwickshire. It was founded in 1977 and is privately owned. The headteacher and his wife are the proprietors of the school. The school provides full-time education for 386 girls and boys aged eight to 18 years. Most pupils are drawn from within a 20-mile radius; many come from local villages and others from nearby towns. It is one of two local schools operating under the Twycross House name, the other being the associated pre-preparatory school, which is inspected separately. Both schools operate in a cluster of listed buildings in a preservation area next to the village green. Additional buildings have been added since the time of the previous inspection. A theatre is currently under construction. Most pupils are White British, with a very few from other ethnic backgrounds. None is in the early stages of learning to speak English. The school caters for pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities by providing extra tuition to meet the pupils’ needs. The school does not use the services of any additional providers. The previous Ofsted inspection of the school was in February 2013. The school aims to ‘endeavour to cultivate a supportive and guiding environment where our pupils can flourish and achieve their full potential’.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school The quality of teaching across the full age range ensures outstanding learning and progress for all pupils. The school prepares pupils extremely well, to achieve exemplary GCSE results and to progress successfully into the sixth form. Students in the sixth form achieve excellent A-level results. They are exceptionally well prepared to take up places at a range of universities, including Cambridge and Oxford. Pupils and students of all ages, across the school, speak positively and warmly about the school as ‘one family’. Behaviour is excellent. Parents’ views of the school are overwhelmingly positive. Staff are universally proud to work at the school. Pupils develop exceptional confidence and positive attitudes to learning. The outstanding quality of relationships between staff and pupils makes a major contribution to the personal development and well-being of pupils. Pupils are very safe at the school. The staff give excellent, continuous attention to pupils’ welfare and well-being. The proprietors and senior leaders have ensured that the school meets all the independent school standards. The proprietors, including the headteacher, have an excellent understanding of all aspects of the school’s provision and outcomes. The headteacher and senior leaders understand the school’s strengths and take decisive action to address any areas requiring improvement, including any weaknesses in teaching. A minority of staff would like to see additional opportunities for further training and professional development. The school’s schemes of work for personal, social and health education are not sufficiently detailed and systematic to guarantee comprehensive coverage for all pupils. 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.