Adventure Care Ltd Closed

Name Adventure Care Ltd Closed
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 23 June 2015
Address Hilltop Cottage, Quarnford, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 0TJ
Phone Number 01298767555
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 9-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1 (100% boys)
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Adventure Care Independent School is a small school that provides education for students aged nine to 17 years who have emotional and behavioural difficulties. Some have extremely challenging behaviours. A few have moderate learning difficulties, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, pathological demand avoidance and attachment disorder. Currently there are no primary aged pupils on roll, although there is planning for them, should any arrive at short notice. The boys and girls on roll are in Year 9 and Year 10. Two students have statements of special educational needs and these are currently being converted into education, health and care plans. Since opening, the school has taken students from the following local authorities: Doncaster, Liverpool, Newham, Nottingham, Rotherham, Sefton, Stockport, Tameside and Wolverhampton. The school is located in a converted garage but it has been refurbished well. Three quarters of the students are from white British backgrounds. Very few students come from families where English is spoken as an additional language. All students currently on roll are looked after by their local authorities. There is a holistic approach to learning. In addition to the input of academic teaching staff, support is given by the core team of care staff, qualified therapists and outdoor educators. Students can choose their key worker, who then acts as a learning mentor, assists with homework and liaises regularly with the class teacher, the headteacher and the social worker. There have been a significant number of changes since the last Ofsted inspection: - the school is now in a purpose-built building - new resources and furnishings have been purchased - the school has registered for Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network (ASDAN) Courses - equine therapy has been added to the curriculum - a purpose-built ‘chill out’ room has been provided.

Summary of key findings

This is a good school. Good leadership, including from the proprietors, provides a nurturing learning environment that improves students’ personal development and behaviour. Work from therapists helps students through times of crisis. Therapies and subjects are matched to students’ stage of development. The provision for outdoor pursuits is good. The activities build students’ confidence and contribute to their enjoyment of education. Students’ understanding of democracy is promoted well. Their awareness of democracy, liberty and British law is good. Opportunities are provided for meditation and deep thinking. Behaviour at times is challenging, but measured from students’ starting points on entry to the school, it is good. Every effort is made to keep students safe. Teaching is flexible. Overall, teaching meets students’ needs well. The leadership and management of teaching is good. Students make good progress in English, mathematics and other subjects. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Occasionally, students are not sufficiently well challenged in lessons. The marking of students’ work does not always provide clear pointers for improvement. Outdoor education leaders do not always maintain efficient records of what they have done during the day. The school staff have not received training on identifying radicalisation and female genital mutilation. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the schedule to The Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.