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Acorn Park School

Name Acorn Park School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 09 May 2018
Address Andrews Furlong, Mill Road, Banham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR16 2HU
Phone Number 01953888656
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 6-19
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 60 (83% boys 17% girls)
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Acorn Park is a special school for pupils with autistic spectrum disorder. All pupils have an education, health and care plan or a statement of special educational needs. Almost all pupils are boys. Approximately one in four pupils are looked after by their local authority. There has been an increase in the numbers of qualified teachers to the school since the previous inspection. The proprietors Acorn Care and Education are now managed by the NFA Group. Since the previous inspection, Ofsted carried out an evaluation of the school’s action plan on 26 July 2016 for the two unmet independent school standards. The plan was accepted by the DfE.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher is providing good leadership in successfully addressing the weaknesses identified at the last inspection. As a result, teaching and learning are now good and pupils across the school are making good progress. The headteacher receives good support from the governors to ensure that the independent school standards are met and the school continues to improve. Leaders have strengthened the curriculum to ensure that it is relevant to the needs of all pupils and prepares them well for the next stage of their education. Teachers’ subject knowledge is good and expectations are high. Assessments in English and mathematics are used well to develop pupils’ learning and ensure good progress. However, teachers have yet to use the school’s new assessment system to track progress across all subjects. Teachers do not provide enough opportunities to deepen pupils’ reasoning skills in mathematics. Health professionals and therapists work seamlessly alongside teachers to successfully develop pupils’ communication and social interaction skills. Pupils make good progress across the school. The youngest pupils make good progress in basic skills and the oldest pupils make good progress towards their examination courses. Pupils feel safe and enjoy school. Good welfare provision ensures pupils’ regular attendance and that their behaviour rapidly improves. Effective leadership in the sixth form has led to good teaching, learning and progress. As a result, students are prepared well for the next stage of their lives. 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.