Victoria Drive Primary Pupil Referral Unit

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Victoria Drive Primary Pupil Referral Unit


Name Victoria Drive Primary Pupil Referral Unit
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 14 March 2013
Address 78 Victoria Drive, Southfields, London, SW19 6HR
Phone Number 02072289818
Type Pupil Referral Unit
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1 (100% girls)
Local Authority Wandsworth
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Victoria Drive is a small primary pupil referral unit, which caters for pupils with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. It provides for pupils at risk of exclusion. All pupils are dual-registered and remain on the roll of their mainstream schools. All pupils are considered to have special educational needs (school action plus) which are behavioural, emotional or social difficulties. Most pupils attend sessions, in the morning or afternoon, for around two-to-three terms and then return to mainstream education. Some go on to be educated in the more specialist provision of a special school. Most pupils come from minority ethnic backgrounds and the large majority are boys. A few pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional government funding for children in local authority care, children from service families and pupils known to be eligible for free school meals) varies with the different groups at different times. At the time of the inspection, around two thirds of registered pupils were eligible. There are currently no pupils in local authority care or pupils from service families. However these additional funds are not made available to the unit. Staff from the unit provide training for staff and support for pupils in mainstream schools who are at risk of exclusion or who are in transitional return to mainstream schools. The management committee has recently been restructured and is responsible for other pupil referral units across the local authority.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Excellent teaching and outstanding progress have been maintained because of the drive of senior leaders and the management committee to ensure that the quality of teaching continually improves. Pupils make outstanding progress across the school, particularly in the key skills of reading, writing and mathematics. They apply what they have learned in these subjects in all lessons. Teaching is outstanding because teachers get to know the pupils very well and plan work that is exceptionally well matched to their learning needs, interests and emotional states. Behaviour and safety are outstanding. Pupils feel very safe because of the excellent care and support they receive at the unit. They are polite and considerate of others around the school. Pupils enjoy coming to the unit and their attendance is excellent. The curriculum provides highly positive, rich opportunities for learning. Partnership work with other schools, health staff and the local authority is outstanding. This means that many more pupils than those on site benefit from the expertise of staff. Partnership with parents, carers and families is outstanding and parents and carers say that they have been helped immeasurably by staff. The headteacher is highly effective in raising the achievement of pupils by constantly improving teaching and directing the work of the unit. This has resulted in pupils learning at a rapid rate. The management committee focuses closely on the needs of the unit. Members have asked searching questions and monitored the progress of pupils closely.