Epinay Business and Enterprise School


Name Epinay Business and Enterprise School
Website http://epinay.org/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 28 March 2018
Address Clervaux Terrace, Jarrow, Tyne and Wear, NE32 5UP
Phone Number 01914898949
Type Special
Age Range 4-18
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 146 (64% boys 36% girls)
Percentage Free School Meals 50%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.5%

Information about this school

Epinay Business and Enterprise School provides education for pupils who have moderate learning difficulties. There is also an increasing number who have severe learning difficulties, or autistic spectrum disorder. All pupils have an education, health and care plan. The proportion of pupils looked after by local authorities and those supported by pupil premium is much higher than average. Most pupils are White British. A small proportion speak English as an additional language. Pupils are organised into class groups based on area of primary need and compatibility with their peers. Since the previous inspection, sixth-form provision has been added to the school. The school uses alternative providers to extend the curriculum opportunities for pupils at key stage 4 and students at key stage 5. These are South Tyneside College, Resources Construction Training, Arts for Wellbeing, Holder House Gardening Project, and Springboard Training Centre. The headteacher was appointed permanently in January 2017.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The new headteacher, ably supported by his senior team, has a clear vision for the school. He has high expectations, and both staff and pupils rise to meet them. The school motto ‘ready to listen, ready to learn together’ is alive at the school. Pupils are keen to learn and have very positive attitudes in lessons. The quality of teaching and assessment is outstanding. Teachers know the specific needs of pupils and plan extremely well to engage their interest and develop their skills. As a result, the progress that pupils make is impressive. The curriculum focuses on wider skills in addition to subject knowledge. Pupils develop communication skills very well, for example. The focus on enterprise helps them hone the skills they need when they leave school. The personalised intervention, targeted support, and therapeutic opportunities programme supports pupils who need additional help in order to focus in class and make progress. This is highly effective in helping to remove any potential barriers to learning. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. They care passionately about their school and respect the needs of other pupils. They participate fully in school life. Pupils appreciate the fact that the expectations of their behaviour are crystal clear now. Pupils feel safe and understand how to keep themselves safe. Staff create a welcoming and friendly environment, and pupils enjoy coming to school. Rates of attendance have increased markedly. Since the last inspection the school now offers provision for sixth-form students. Governors have managed this change well, and students in the sixth form are exceptionally well prepared for life after school. Pupils, staff and parents and carers are very proud of their school. They are overwhelmingly positive about the quality of education on offer, and are fulsome in their praise of school leaders.