Nine Maidens Alternative Provision Academy


Name Nine Maidens Alternative Provision Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 16 October 2012
Address Nine Maiden, Four Lanes, Redruth, TR16 6ND
Phone Number 01209217046
Type Academy
Age Range 5-16
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 21 (61% boys 39% girls)
Local Authority Cornwall
Percentage Free School Meals 33.3%

Information about this school

Nine Maidens is a pupil referral unit that works alongside mainstream schools in the area between Camborne, Redruth and The Lizard Peninsula. Since the last inspection it has moved to new premises in a former primary school situated in open countryside, which means that all pupils arrive at school by taxi. Almost all the pupils are supported at school action plus or have a statement of special educational needs. This proportion is above that found nationally, consequently a smaller than average proportion is supported at school action. The proportion who is known to be eligible for the pupil premium, including those eligible for free school meals, is above that generally found. The aim of the school is to return pupils successfully to a mainstream school as soon as possible, or for older pupils to enable them to move on to a college place.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils are expected to work hard, always do their best work and learn to behave better. They are successful in all these areas and so they make good progress. The school has good success in returning pupils to mainstream schools or, for the older ones, to college, and they achieve this in over 70% of cases. Close links are maintained so pupils are checked and supported very effectively in their next school or college. Teachers expect the best and are skilled at working with pupils who have challenging behaviour. They get pupils involved in learning so they start to catch up quickly. Pupils are helped to learn what is acceptable behaviour. Teachers understand that pupils sometimes face difficulties, but they expect them to concentrate on learning. Pupils say there is little bullying and they feel safe at school. School leaders are ambitious and are widely respected. They are determined that pupils will always do their best. Staff are well supported, and are skilled at helping pupils to enjoy their learning and make good progress. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers do not get enough chances to work closely with teachers in mainstream schools and teachers sometimes find it hard to compare their pupils’ achievements with those in mainstream. There is no clear marking policy so teachers do not always mark work in the same way and so opportunities are lost to help pupils know how to do their very best.