|Name||Horatio House Independent School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Inadequate|
|Inspection Date||14 May 2019|
|Address||Lound Campus, Church Lane, Lound, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 5LL|
|Number of Pupils||41 (78% boys 22% girls)|
|Percentage Free School Meals||0.0%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||65.9%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||No|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
Horatio House Independent School educates pupils who have been permanently excluded or are at risk of permanent exclusion from mainstream schools. Formerly, Horatio House was a centre for alternative provision. Following a material change inspection in April 2017 and registering with the Department for Education as a school for up to 64 boys and girls, the school moved to its current site near Lowestoft in 2017. Most pupils have social, emotional and behavioural needs and may not have attended regularly prior to joining the school. Fourteen pupils have an education, health and care plan. All pupils are transported to and from school by taxi. The proprietor, the Great Yarmouth Community Trust, also provides a range of childcare and training in the area. The school receives pupil premium funding for 30 pupils. The school uses alternative provision for 10 pupils, provided by: the St Edmunds Society, Norwich; Appleseed Farm, Wymondham; Century Training Academy, Great Yarmouth; and Clinks Care Farm Suffolk. A full standard inspection of the school was carried out in June 2017. The inspection found that the school’s overall effectiveness required improvement. This was the first monitoring inspection and was carried out without notice. Evaluations of the school’s proposed action plan were carried out in October 2017 and February 2018. The action plans submitted by the school were judged not to be fit for purpose on both occasions. A third evaluation was conducted in July 2018. The final iteration of the plan was accepted, subject to modifications. In October 2018, Ofsted conducted a progress monitoring inspection. The inspection judged that the five independent school standards not met at the June 2017 standard inspection remained not met. Following the October 2018 progress monitoring inspection, an action plan was submitted and judged as not acceptable.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an inadequate school The school does not have the capacity to improve. The independent school standards noted as unmet at the time of the previous inspection remain unmet. Some independent school standards met previously are now unmet. Safeguarding is ineffective. Not enough is done to protect vulnerable pupils. Records are poorly maintained. Checks are not made of the suitability of pupils’ work placements. Attendance is consistently low. Almost all pupils are persistently absent from school. Behaviour is unacceptable. Lessons are regularly disrupted by poor behaviour and pupils leaving lessons without permission. Teaching in mathematics, science and art is effective. An over-reliance on temporary staffing means that learning in other subjects is much less effective. Frequent changes in leadership have resulted in very few systems and procedures in place. There are no established procedures to assess pupils’ progress. Not all pupils get their full entitlement to learning. Until recently, governors and the trust have not monitored the school’s work well enough. The school has the following strengths An acting headteacher, ably supported by the deputy headteacher, is beginning to lead improvements. Self-evaluation is honest and accurate. Learning and progress in mathematics, science and art is strong. Strengthened local governance and a recently formed school improvement board are routinely monitoring the school’s work and are providing leaders with improved support and challenge. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school must take action to meet the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements. The details are listed in the full report.