Old Warren House School

Name Old Warren House School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 19 September 2013
Address Warren Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 4QD
Phone Number 01502511794
Type Pupil Referral Unit
Age Range 14-16
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 16 (81% boys 19% girls)
Local Authority Suffolk
Percentage Free School Meals 56.3%
Catchment Area Information Available No, we only have catchment area data for schools in England
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Old Warren House caters for up to 24 students with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties who are referred for refusing to attend mainstream school, or have either been excluded or are at the point of exclusion from their previous school. All students receive support at school action plus and almost half of the students have a statement of special educational needs. Many of them have moderate learning difficulties and additional complex needs such as mental health issues, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or autistic spectrum disorder. Nearly all students are White British and none speak English as an additional language. Students join at various points during the year. Most students are supported by the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for certain groups such as students in local authority care and those known to be eligible for free school meals. Although the majority of students follow a full-time two-year programme to prepare them for further education, training and employment, a significant minority are admitted for less than one year. Students attend a number of off-site providers within Lowestoft for part of their education. These include the ‘Breakout’ and ‘Education X’ centres, Lowestoft College for work-related learning and the leisure centre for sporting activities. Since the last inspection, there has been an increase in the proportion of students admitted with more complex needs.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Students make good progress from low starting points. They gain relevant qualifications, including in English and mathematics, enabling nearly all to enter further education or employment. Students’ learning is good as a result of good teaching. They grow in knowledge, skills and understanding in lessons because learning activities are tailored to their individual needs. Teachers and support assistants set high expectations for learning and behaviour, enabling students to quickly re-engage with learning and make good progress. A wide range of work-related learning opportunities prepare students well for the next stage of their lives. Behaviour and safety are good, both in the unit and in the other centres students attend. Most make rapid progress in improving their behaviour and attendance. There have been no exclusions in recent years. The headteacher and deputy headteacher, with good support from the management committee, provide good leadership and management. Good quality teaching and good achievement have been sustained since the last inspection. Helpful support from the local authority aimed at improving the unit is valued by the staff and management committee. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The opportunities for students to study GCSE subjects are limited. Occasionally, learning tasks do not challenge the thinking of more-able students, or staff miss opportunities to develop students’ independent learning skills.