Mill Hall School Closed

Name Mill Hall School Closed
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 14 May 2019
Address Cruckton, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY5 8PR
Phone Number 01743860206
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 8-19
Religious Character None
Gender Boys
Number of Pupils 31 (100% boys)
Local Authority Shropshire
Percentage Free School Meals 0.0%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school was judged to be good at its last standard inspection in May 2017. An additional emergency inspection took place in September 2018, which identified a number of unmet standards. The school is owned by the Kisimul Group. A new headteacher was appointed on 10 May 2019. All pupils have an education, health and care plan. Almost all have a history of severely challenging behaviours and many have not attended school regularly for some time. All pupils have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and associated conditions. Pupils have diagnoses which include Asperger syndrome, attachment disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder and pathological demand avoidance. The school uses two alternative providers: Crowsmill and Project Farm. Since the last additional inspection, the group have closed the sixth form satellite site at Harlescott House.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Leaders and managers have ensured that the independent school standards are fully met. However, the progress that pupils make is not yet consistently strong across the curriculum. Senior leaders have made many difficult decisions and are very committed people. However, their oversight of the curriculum and additional funding requires greater rigour. There has been a significant amount of change within the school and the Kisimul Group over time. A number of staff are absent from school. Overall, the quality of teaching and the impact it has on learning is variable. Assessment systems require development. Assessment criteria do not fully align to teachers’ plans and sequences of learning are sometimes muddled. It is difficult to ascertain how well some pupils are progressing. The teaching of mathematics is weaker than that found in other areas of the curriculum. Some of the curriculum goals established in mathematics are not challenging enough. Middle leaders have greater responsibility than in the past and are dedicated. However, they require further training and support to ensure that their evaluation of the school’s effectiveness is accurate. The school has the following strengths A range of improvements have been secured since the additional inspection in September 2018. Despite the level of change, the quality of education is better and staff morale is improved. Kisimul Group have appointed further leaders who have considerable expertise and experience in this sector. They are reflective and want to get things right. Staff are positive and committed. Staff build strong relationships with pupils and have developed some exceptional strengths in subjects such as English and the arts. Staff work effectively to bring about improvements in pupils’ behaviour and personal development. Pupils want to come to school and attendance is rising. 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.