Hambleton/Richmondshire Pupil Referral Service


Name Hambleton/Richmondshire Pupil Referral Service
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 08 October 2013
Address East Road, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL6 1SZ
Phone Number 01609710443
Type Pupil Referral Unit
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 19

Information about this school

Hambleton and Richmondshire Pupil Referral Service provides education and support to students experiencing a complex range of difficulties that prevents them from attending their local mainstream school. Currently there are 24 students on roll, 20 of whom are taught in collaboration with their mainstream school, at alternative centres or in their homes. It is a member of the Hambleton and Richmondshire Collaborative of local secondary schools and serves a very large, predominantly rural area of North Yorkshire. About half of the students on roll have been excluded or are at risk of exclusion from their local school due to behavioural, emotional or social difficulties. The remainder are experiencing temporary health-related problems, typically following protracted illness, injury, or anxiety-related difficulties. These students are provided through medical outreach support. The vast majority of students are White British. Admission to the service is overseen and controlled by the local authority, in partnership with schools in the collaborative. Students are admitted to or transfer from the service at various times throughout the year and numbers on roll fluctuate accordingly. Currently a small number of students have a statement of special educational needs and there is a very small number that are looked after by the local authority. To date the Service has not received any pupil-premium funding. There is a small number of student s who would be eligible for this funding. The service is housed in high-quality, refurbished, former school premises, where the majority of students are taught. Alternative provision is given by Middlesbrough College and Darlington College.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. All students make good progress and some make outstanding progress both academically and in their personal development. Teaching is improving and more is becoming outstanding. Behaviour is good. Strong relationships are evident between staff and students. Senior leaders and the management committee are accurate in their self-evaluation and have a clear vision for the future. There is a strong and cohesive staff team. The Service is improving with many students returning to education where they become successful learners. Partnerships with schools and parents are good. Parents are very happy with what the Service provides for their children. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is inconsistency in teaching across subjects and key stages. There is some outstanding teaching but also some that requires improvement. Students are sometimes helped too quickly. The role of middle leaders is underdeveloped to further improve the quality and consistency in teaching.