Oakfield House School


Name Oakfield House School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 27 February 2018
Address Station Road, Salwick, Preston, Lancashire, PR4 0YH
Phone Number 01772672630
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 5-12
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Lancashire
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Oakfield House School is a specialised independent special school in Lancashire which provides for pupils aged five to 12 years who have moderate to severe learning difficulties. All pupils have an education, health and care plan. The school is registered for 42 pupils. It is owned by Acorn Care and Education Ltd and was last inspected in April 2015. There are 42 pupils on roll; most pupils are of White British heritage. Pupils are placed at the school from several local authorities in the North West. The school brochure states: „The children at Oakfield House have a range of educational needs, including social, emotional and mental health difficulties which have made it hard for them to cope elsewhere. For most of our children their achievements have been reflected in rapidly improved academic skills and self-confidence. Literacy and Numeracy skills have seen large improvements and our pupils are on the road to embracing learning to become independent learners that enjoy learning for life.. Due to the complex nature of most pupils. educational needs, support from adults is often intensive. All pupils learn in small groups. Some are educated on a one-to-one basis. All classes include pupils from different age groups. Since the previous inspection, the number of pupils on roll has doubled. Some pupils follow the national curriculum. However, due to their learning difficulties, none are entered for national examinations at the end of key stages 1 and 2. Bespoke programmes of learning are available for all pupils. Most pupils have had either extended periods out of school or been on limited education programmes in other schools and pupil referral units. The senior leadership team has been strengthened to include a new deputy headteacher and middle leaders. The governing body has been reorganised and includes a new chair of the governing body. The headteacher is managed by an executive headteacher who is responsible for several schools in the Acorn group. New staff include a safeguarding officer, seven teachers and 12 learning support assistants. A middle management team is being developed. Premises have been extended to include several new classrooms to meet the demands of increasing numbers of pupils. In May 2017, the Acorn group.s chief executive opened a new classroom and outdoor learning area for the school.s youngest pupils. The school does not use alternative providers.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The headteacher and executive headteacher have successfully steered the school through a period of rapid growth, while maintaining outstanding teaching and outcomes for pupils. Senior leaders are highly ambitious. They create a harmonious and safe environment in which pupils are eager to learn. Leaders are supported and challenged by knowledgeable and committed governors who know the school exceptionally well. Teaching is outstanding. Teachers, teaching assistants and other adults work together highly effectively to meet pupils. individual learning needs. Some middle leaders are still refining their roles in relation to monitoring the quality of teaching and learning. Teachers make learning exciting, firing pupils. imagination and ensuring their full engagement in learning. Excellent procedures are in place to assess and monitor pupils. performance. Standards have risen since the previous inspection. All pupils make at least good, and often outstanding, progress in a wide range of subjects. However, pupils are not always fully challenged in mathematics in key stage 2. At the end of Year 6 in 2017, pupils had made outstanding progress in reading, writing and mathematics and in a range of other subjects, including art and history. Pupils benefit from highly effective therapies, including „animal therapy. and counselling, and excellent behaviour support. Educational trips, outward-bound activities, charitable work and visits to museums enhance the school.s outstanding curriculum. The school.s work to promote pupils. spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, as well as their appreciation of British values, is outstanding. Pupils. behaviour is often exemplary. Pupils say that they feel safe and well cared for. They are hardly ever absent because they thoroughly enjoy coming to school. Parents and carers are highly complimentary about the school. They say their children are happy, safe and progressing well. Safeguarding procedures are exemplary, comprehensive and fully understood by all staff. 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.