Excel and Exceed Centre

Name Excel and Exceed Centre
Website https://www.cygnethealth.co.uk/locations/cygnet-hospital-bury/excel-exceed-school/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 26 June 2017
Address Buller Street, Bury, Lancashire, BL8 2BS
Phone Number 01617627212
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 12-19
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 31 (19% boys 81% girls)
Local Authority Bury
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Pupils with SEN Support 32.3%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Excel and Exceed Centre is part of a nationwide collective of hospital schools owned by Cygnet Health Care Limited. It is a specialist provider of education for pupils and learners with diagnosed mental health conditions. Pupils and learners attend the school from different local authorities across the country. Cygnet Health Care Limited purchased Alpha Hospitals in September 2016 and took over responsibility to provide education for young people aged between 12 and 19 who are either undergoing mental health assessments or are receiving treatment. The headteacher joined the school in January 2017. The aim of the school is to ‘provide equal access to high quality education for all children and young people with mental health needs, keeping education alive in pupils’ lives, maintaining progress and enabling them to achieve their potential whilst in hospital.’ Most pupils and students remain dual-registered in their time at the school. Pupils’ home school sometimes provides work to complete in addition to the timetable offered by the Excel and Exceed Centre. Pupils and students are taught in classrooms within the school and occasionally on the wards. The length of time pupils and learners are with the school varies from one week to several months. On average, they attend for between six and eight weeks. Pupils and students join the school with a wide range of needs and abilities. A high number of pupils have special educational needs and/or disabilities. Some are in the care of local authorities. The school does not receive additional money through the pupil premium funding. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The leadership of the new headteacher has brought a sweeping change across the school. She has sharpened systems and laid a firm platform for the future. The school’s caring culture is echoed by all. Teams of skilled and committed education and hospital staff work collaboratively to support pupils. This strong partnership ensures that pupils make a good recovery. The school is rigorous in keeping all pupils safe. Leaders are meticulous in ensuring that pupils receive superb care. Pupils’ well-being and recovery are a priority for the whole staff team. The school provides a broad and balanced curriculum which is well supported by independent careers guidance. Learners in the sixth form achieve well, and the provision is well led and managed. Relationships between pupils and staff are strong. Pupils trust staff and grow in confidence. They overcome personal barriers and achieve success in their learning. Leaders do not provide enough opportunities for staff to share good practice. Teachers plan their lessons to ensure that most pupils make good progress from their starting points. Their flexible approach and careful crafting ensures that the majority of pupils are not left behind. Teachers’ skills are supported and strengthened with good professional development so that they can meet the needs of pupils well. Although attendance to education is improving, there are still too many pupils who linger on the wards and do not attend the education setting regularly enough. The head of education and the proprietor are well informed about the work of the school. They have an accurate view of the school’s strengths and areas for improvement. They hold leaders strongly to account and ensure that all the independent school standards are fully met. 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.