Eastwood Grange School


Name Eastwood Grange School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 06 November 2018
Address Eastwood Grange, Milken Lane, Ashover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S45 0BA
Phone Number 01246590255
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 5-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 34 (100% boys)
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Eastwood Grange School is an independent special school owned by the Priory Group. There is a satellite provision named The Beacon, based in Sheffield, which opened in May 2018. The Beacon is part of Eastwood Grange School. All pupils have an education, health and care plan. Pupils’ needs relate to their behavioural, social, emotional or mental health difficulties. The school’s previous standard inspection was in December 2015. The school underwent a material change inspection to admit girls and pupils in key stage 1 in September 2018. A new headteacher was appointed in January 2018. Several senior leaders are also new to their roles. The school uses six alternative providers to contribute to the curriculum in key stage 3, key stage 4 and the sixth form. These are The Genesis Academy, Crisp Vocational Provision Ltd, On Board, ACE, Lane End Farm Trust and Da Hood.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement The proprietor and headteacher have not ensured that all the independent school standards are met at the school’s satellite provision, The Beacon. Recently implemented systems to record pupils’ attendance at The Beacon and other alternative providers are not used consistently by all staff. Teachers’ assessments of pupils’ work are sometimes too generous. This is particularly the case in writing. Pupils at The Beacon are making less progress than their counterparts at Eastwood Grange. The school has the following strengths The headteacher and proprietor have ensured that all the independent school standards are met at Eastwood Grange. Newly appointed senior leaders have made a good start in their roles. They are effective in driving through improvements. The quality of teaching is good. Teachers plan lessons which motivate and engage pupils. There is a broad and balanced curriculum which prepares pupils well for future independent living and for life in modern Britain. On the whole, pupils make good progress from their low, and sometimes very low, starting points. They are prepared well for the next stage of training or employment. The therapy and intervention teams provide very good support for pupils’ social and emotional needs. Pupils are kept safe and feel safe. Pupils behave very well, and incidents of bullying are rare. Relationships between the adults and pupils are extremely positive. The sixth form is good. The teaching and support the students receive prepare them well for their next steps. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school must take action to meet the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 and associated requirements. The details are listed in the full report.