Oakwood School

Name Oakwood School
Website https://ocschool.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Inadequate
Inspection Date 22 January 2019
Address Heath Road, Bagworth, Leicestershire, CV13 0JD
Phone Number 01455273763
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 8-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Leicestershire
Percentage Free School Meals 0.0%
Pupils with SEN Support 11.1%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Oakwood School is registered to provide full-time education for up to 20 pupils aged between eight and 18 years old who have social, emotional and mental health difficulties, together with associated challenging behaviour. The school is not currently operating at its registered premises. Rather, the school is operating at EMP House, Sapcote Road, Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire LE9 4DW. It has operated from this premises since February 2018. Most pupils have an education, health and care (EHC) plan. Some pupils live in the care of the local authority. The school works with one alternative provider to provide pupils at the school with education at a placement off site. This alternative provision is Heart of England Training Ltd in Leicester. At the time of the inspection, there were no students in the school’s 16–19 provision. The two co-headteachers took up their positions in January 2019. The deputy headteacher, who has oversight of the quality of teaching and learning, took up her position in September 2018. The school’s aim is to enable pupils to ‘learn to understand, manage and improve their own behaviour, and to build positive relationships with adults and with other pupils.’ The school’s last standard inspection took place on 1–3 March 2016.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an inadequate school The school does not meet all the independent school standards. Safeguarding is ineffective. Leaders have not ensured that safeguarding records are accurate. Senior leaders do not review school policies regularly enough to ensure that they are up to date and provide appropriate information. Until very recently, recruitment procedures, including the recording of recruitment checks, have been ineffective. Leaders have not taken action quickly enough to resolve an identified fire risk. The premises do not meet the necessary requirements for independent schools, including those that relate to pupils’ care and welfare. Staff do not receive sufficient information about how to assess risk when taking pupils off site. Risk assessments to help manage pupils’ behaviour are out of date. The proprietor has not undertaken effective checks on the school’s safeguarding and recruitment procedures. Some pupils in key stage 4 do not make as much progress as they could. The school has the following strengths The co-headteachers have high expectations for their pupils. They are determined that the pupils should behave and achieve well. Senior leaders regularly check the quality of teaching, providing timely feedback and training that help teachers further improve their classroom practice. Teaching is good. Teachers use information about pupils’ prior attainment and behaviour to plan effectively for pupils’ learning. Teachers mostly have good subject knowledge and set pupils challenging work. Positive relationships with staff help pupils to engage well with their learning. Pupils’ achievement is good. Pupils make strong progress from very low starting points. Pupils’ behaviour is good. The well-targeted support they receive helps pupils to manage their behaviour more effectively over time. In most cases, pupils’ attendance improves due to the effective support they receive from staff. Pupils study a broad curriculum that enables them to develop their knowledge and skills across the full range of subjects. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school must take action to meet the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 and associated requirements. The details are listed in the full report.