Old Farm School

Name Old Farm School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 05 December 2017
Address Stankhouse Farm, Kilton, Saltburn, Cleveland, TS12 2TZ
Phone Number 01287677178
Type Independent
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Redcar and Cleveland
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

Old Farm School is an independent day special school for pupils aged 11 to 16. The school provides full-time education for pupils in the Redcar and Cleveland area. A small number of pupils travel from neighbouring local authorities. All pupils have identified special educational needs and/or disabilities. The vast majority are supported through an education, health and care plan. A much larger than average proportion of pupils come from disadvantaged backgrounds. The school makes occasional use of Right Trax, an alternative education provider, based in Stockton-on-Tees. The school works with a representative of the local authority to carry out annual reviews of pupils’ education, health and care plans.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The proprietor and headteacher share a well-articulated vision to provide a safe environment, in which pupils achieve well and develop important personal skills for the future. Staff are motivated by the headteacher’s vision. They live out the school’s values in their day-to-day work with pupils. As a result, pupils flourish, and the school is improving. Staff know pupils’ needs very well. They plan learning to meet those needs, engage pupils and encourage them to achieve well. Occasionally, teachers and teaching assistants miss opportunities to challenge and move pupils’ learning forward quickly. Leaders check pupils’ progress and the quality of teaching carefully. Leaders work with staff to improve practice continually. As a result, pupils settle into school, and improve their learning quickly. Pupils from all backgrounds make consistently strong, sustained progress, especially in the core subjects. Occasionally, progress in a wider range of subjects is a little uneven, but nonetheless strong over time. The curriculum is a strength of the school. It provides pupils with a wide range of learning experiences that re-engage them in learning. The curriculum is broad and relevant to pupils’ needs. Learning plans are detailed in core subjects, but not quite as refined in a wider range of subjects. Pupils’ personal development is a strength of the school. Leaders carefully plan the programme for personal development. As a result, pupils learn about the society they live in. Staff prepare pupils well for the next steps in education and training, and for adult life. Pupils conduct themselves well. They show respect for each other and the adults who work with them. Pupils understand that bullying is wrong and harmful. Pupils feel safe and well cared for. Pupils attend school regularly, once they settle into school life. 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.