Kings Brighton

Name Kings Brighton
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 27 June 2018
Address 27-33 Ditchling Road, Brighton, BN1 4SB
Phone Number 01273443405
Type Independent
Age Range 14-19
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 44 (54% boys 46% girls)
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Kings Brighton is part of a group of schools that offer international students English language tuition and preparation for university entrance. The college opened in September 2017 and is owned and operated by Prime Education and Training. The college offers a range of courses, including English, GCSE and A-level examinations, as well as an arts foundation course, the advanced-level foundation course and the international business foundation course. At the time of the inspection, there were five full-time students and one part-time student on roll in the 15 to 18 age group. The number of students on roll, their age range, level of academic attainment and use of English as additional language vary because the number, type and length of courses on offer differ throughout the year. The majority of students are from a mix of local and international backgrounds. The proportion of students who speak English as an additional language is similar to national averages. There are no students with a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan, and no students are supported by pupil premium funding. The college does not make use of any alternative provision. Almost all students live in boarding accommodation provided by the college, or with local families. An inspection of the boarding provision at the college was undertaken in March 2018. The report found that the overall experiences and progress of children and young people were good. The college meets all requirements for the publication of specified information on its website.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders are ambitious and have a clear vision for the college. They have worked relentlessly to ensure that the college fully complies with all the independent school standards, including those for safeguarding. The curriculum is broad and balanced, with a strong subject-based focus on the development of literacy skills. The promotion of students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is strong. The college prepares local and international students well for life in modern Britain. There is a good focus on equality and diversity. Relationships are harmonious, and students get on very well with each other. The college collects and collates a lot of data, but available information is not systematically analysed to identify and act upon trends. Written self-evaluation and development planning are not sufficiently focused on priorities. Students’ progress, including in English, mathematics and science, is good given their different starting points. Arrangements for safeguarding, including staff vetting, are effective. Students feel safe in college. Their security contributes to the growing confidence that students show in their learning, progress and relationships. Teaching and learning are effective in enabling students to make good progress in their academic and personal development. Teachers demonstrate very good subject knowledge and enthusiasm for their teaching. Teachers have high expectations. Relationships are supportive. Questioning is used effectively to check students’ understanding but feedback does not follow school policy and focus on what students must do to improve. Students are well behaved, polite and courteous. They get on well with adults and their peers. A very few students do not attend college often enough. Some students are tardy in getting to their lessons on time. The provision for careers education and guidance is particularly strong. It actively encourages students to aim high so that many complete their courses and proceed to further education and university. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent Schools Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.