Denby Grange School

Name Denby Grange School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 15 January 2019
Address Off Stocksmoor Rd, Midgley, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 4JG
Phone Number 01924830096
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Wakefield
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Denby Grange is situated in a semi-rural setting, between Wakefield and Huddersfield, and is a small day school for pupils aged from 11 to 18 years who have severe social, emotional and mental health needs. The school opened in 2000 and its last standard inspection was in March 2016. It is registered for up to 36 pupils and there are currently 34 pupils aged 11 to 17 years on roll; 27 are boys and seven are girls. All pupils have an education, health and care plan. Seven are looked after in care placements. Pupils are placed at the school by their local authority. Most have been excluded from previous schools or have persistently failed to attend and may have had long periods without any education. The school is part of the Keys Child Care company, which was previously known as the Keys Group. The school’s aim is for pupils to be well prepared to live successfully in the community when they leave school. The school uses one organisation to provide alternative education for its pupils, A2 Change, in Featherstone.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The quality of leadership and management is good, and has considerably improved since the previous inspection. The proprietor works closely with leaders to monitor standards in the school and ensures that the independent school standards are met consistently. Teachers, tutors and support staff have generally high expectations of pupils. They know them well and are very committed to preparing them to be successful citizens. The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is continuing to improve and hence pupils’ outcomes are improving, because : leaders provide clear guidance and coaching on what is expected from teachers. Pupils’ behaviour is good because they enjoy trusting and supportive relationships with staff. Pupils say that they feel safe. Staff have a good understanding of pupils’ complex needs and work hard to keep them safe. Leaders have ensured that the newly refined curriculum helps pupils to learn because it interests and challenges them. The school’s work to foster pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and their appreciation of British values is effective. In some lessons, learning is slower because it is not clear what teachers want individual pupils to achieve. Work in pupils’ books does not consistently tell them what they need to achieve or how to improve their work. A well-thought-through assessment system has been recently introduced, but is not yet providing information about the progress that pupils make over time. Although pupils’ attendance has substantially improved since the previous inspection, leaders know that there is more work to be done to improve it further. 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.