Compass Community School South

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Compass Community School South


Name Compass Community School South
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 13 November 2018
Address Hilltop House, Palmerston Road, Newhaven, East Sussex, BN9 0NS
Phone Number 07753584581
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character None
Gender Boys
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority East Sussex
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Compass Community School South provides education for boys with complex social, emotional and mental health issues, some of whom are known to the criminal justice system. All pupils are in the care of the local authority. Pupils join the school at different times during the school year and at different ages. Their length of stay in the school varies according to their individual needs. Pupils receive education, care and therapy services while in the school. The school teaches the national curriculum. Pupils study a range of subjects, including English, mathematics, science, geography, history and art. They work towards nationally recognised qualifications, including functional skills qualifications and GCSEs. The school is registered to admit a maximum of five pupils. Two pupils are currently on roll. The school opened in October 2017. This is the first standard inspection of the school. The school does not use alternative provision.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school This happy, welcoming and highly effective school provides a safe, friendly and attractive learning environment for pupils and staff. Leaders successfully combine high-quality care, skilful therapy and extremely effective teaching to support pupils’ development. As a result, pupils make exceptional progress, both personally and academically. Clear expectations and well-established routines ensure that pupils settle into the school quickly. Pupils work hard and behave extremely well. The school provides very effective support for pupils’ personal and social development. As a result, pupils rapidly grow in confidence and gain self-esteem. The school successfully helps pupils to develop a renewed sense of purpose and direction by the time they leave the school. Pupils enjoy learning and want to do well. They develop a renewed sense of purpose and direction during their time in the school. The school’s broad and engaging curriculum enables pupils to develop secure knowledge and skills across a range of subjects. This ensures that they are very well prepared for the next stage of their education. Leaders give pupils’ safety and well-being the highest priority. They ensure that safeguarding procedures are rigorously followed by all staff. Strong relationships throughout the school ensure that pupils feel exceptionally safe, valued and respected. Leaders work closely and very effectively with agencies and colleges to support pupils in the move to the next stage of their education. Governors are well informed about the school’s curriculum and about pupils’ personal and emotional progress. However, they are less clear about pupils’ academic progress. Recent improvements in reports to the governing body give a more precise view of pupils’ learning but are not yet fully established. Leaders and governors make sure that all independent school standards are in place. 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.