Oakwood Learning Centre


Name Oakwood Learning Centre
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 13 November 2018
Address NEW BIGGIN LANE, HEIGHINGTON, DARLINGTON, COUNTY DURHAM, DL2 2UH
Phone Number 01388437139
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 8-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Darlington
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Pupils with SEN Support 15.4%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Oakwood Learning Centre accepts up to 14 pupils aged between 8 and 18 years with complex social and emotional needs. Pupils attending the school at the time of the inspection were between the ages of 10 and 16 years. The school’s first key stage 2 pupils joined in September 2017. All pupils currently attending have an education, health and care plan. Pupils have previously disengaged from education and the school aims to provide pupils with an environment where they feel safe and are willing to engage in learning again. The school was last inspected in January 2016 when it was judged to be outstanding in all aspects. The school uses Bishop Auckland College and Right Trax as alternative education providers. The governance of the school takes the format of a board of directors from the Witherslack Group.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Teachers work exceptionally well with therapeutic staff to identify and meet the emotional needs of pupils. This promotes outstanding progress in pupils’ personal development. Pupils’ behaviour improves dramatically after arriving at the school. They quickly learn to re-engage in learning. Pupils enjoy coming to school and attendance is high. Pupils’ individual learning needs are met well and they make excellent progress across a wide range of subjects, particularly in key stages 3 and 4. Pupils in key stage 2 make good and outstanding progress. However, it is not as consistently strong as it is in the rest of the school, particularly in phonics. All adults have excellent relationships with pupils. Adults set aspirational targets for pupils. Senior leaders and governors complete extensive monitoring of teaching and learning. They act immediately on any weaknesses that are identified. The proprietor has ensured that all the independent school standards are met and policies and procedures are implemented effectively. Adults’ assessment of pupils’ progress is rigorous and used well to plan learning. The curriculum is planned highly effectively around pupils’ needs. Enrichment activities are extensive and match pupils’ individual needs and aspirations very well. 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.