Name Aidenswood
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 20 September 2016
Address 48 Parson Street, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4ED
Phone Number 01260281353
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 11-17
Religious Character None
Gender Boys
Number of Pupils 3 (100% boys)
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

The school is part of the Hexagon Care group. The school transferred from Northern Care to Hexagon Care in 2014 when it also moved from Kidsgove to Congleton. The school caters for small groups of boys who have very complex emotional and social needs and who have struggled in previous educational placements. The school employs a team of therapists and works very closely with care staff who are on site.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The headteacher, well supported by other staff, provides ambitious and determined leadership. Pupils make excellent progress in all aspects of their learning because of leaders’ work to ensure excellent teaching. Staff instil in pupils the understanding that education is a gateway to success, and learning is at the heart of what the school does. The culture of high expectations and good-quality teaching means that pupils make rapid progress from their often low starting points. Outcomes for pupils exceed expectations because : leaders are relentless in focusing on success. Almost all pupils gain GCSEs, despite having large gaps in their education prior to attending Aidenswood School. The culture of ‘no excuses’ is firmly established so that pupils are highly motivated to achieve and excel. Personal, social and health education is exemplary and pupils blossom in the care of staff at Aidenswood School. Teachers, expertly supported by a team of skilful therapists, develop individual programmes of support for each pupil based on a rigorous analysis of their needs. The curriculum supports all aspects of pupils’ development. Pupils have access to a range of educational resources to support their learning and have opportunities beyond the school day to engage in a wide variety of interesting activities, which promote learning. The very strong relationships that staff have with pupils build mutual respect and mean that pupils develop very positive attitudes to learning, when previously their circumstances had left them disengaged. Behaviour is outstanding. A therapeutic approach to supporting pupils has shifted the emphasis from the risk they present to the strengths that they have, and this has resulted in positive changes for all pupils. This approach promotes respect, nurture and recognition of success. The school provides a safe environment for pupils. Staff give close attention to the reduction of risk- taking behaviour. Pupils are protected and cared for by all staff and they know they are safe. Pupils’ work is assessed accurately and regularly. Pupils know how well they are doing but the effectiveness of their progress over time is not routinely evaluated against national averages. Thus, staff and parents are not necessarily aware of how well pupils at the school are doing when compared with other pupils of similar ages and starting points. The school offers sixth-form provision but invariably students are supported to participate in further education, training or employment when they are no longer of compulsory school age. However, independent careers advice is not always offered to students. 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.