|Name||Oakwood Court College (Phoenix Learning Care Ltd)|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||11 September 2018|
|Address||7/9 Oak Park Villas, Dawlish, Devon, EX7 0DE|
|Type||Independent Specialist College|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||Unknown|
|Catchment Area Information Available||No|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about the provider
Oakwood Court College is a residential and day independent specialist college, operated by Phoenix Learning and Care Limited since 1998. The college offers vocational learning for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Programmes are offered in horticulture and conservation, catering, retail, vehicle maintenance, enterprise and information technology as well as independent living skills. Many students have additional needs and require specialist support provided by a counsellor and a speech and language therapist. The majority of students work at level 1 of the National Qualifications Framework. The college operates from Dawlish in Devon and Torpoint in Cornwall. At the time of the inspection there were 56 students enrolled on study programmes and five on internships. Twenty-four of the current students are residential. Since the previous inspection, a new principal has been appointed, who took up post in September 2016. The classroom and workshop accommodation have been refurbished and redesigned.
Summary of key findings
This is a good provider Students make excellent progress in their personal development and behaviour. They gain skills that help them to be more independent in their daily lives. Students reduce their anxieties, learn calming techniques and quickly become ready for learning. Tutors and therapists work well as a team and provide good individualised support. Students gain recognised qualifications to support them in their future careers. Students improve their communication particularly well. Students are extremely well prepared for employment. They have very good opportunities for work experience and develop very good employability skills. Governors know the provision well and set high ambitions for the college. They use their expertise well to challenge and support managers. Decisive leadership has led to significant improvements to the provision. Teaching staff provide teaching, learning and assessment that are highly individualised and challenging. Students often exceed their own expectations. Managers, tutors and learning support assistants are passionate about their work and use excellent strategies to help students learn. Managers do not use the information available sufficiently to monitor and analyse performance effectively. A few aspects of the provision are not improving as fast as they could be. Tutors fail to set learning goals for pre-entry-level students that support their progress as effectively as for those working at higher levels, so a small number are not progressing swiftly enough. Students receive good information, advice and guidance throughout their programmes, but not all students have a clear plan to help them understand their next steps.