Oliver House School

Name Oliver House School
Website www.priorygroup.com
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 16 July 2019
Phone Number 01257220011
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 6-19
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 40 (92% boys 8% girls)
Local Authority Lancashire
Percentage Free School Meals 0.0%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Oliver House School is an independent specialist day school. It is registered for up to 40 boys and girls aged six to 19, who have severe autistic spectrum disorder and associated complex learning needs, challenging behaviour and associated anxiety. Pupils come from several local authorities. Around one third of pupils are looked after. The school is part of the Priory New Education Services group. The group also operates residential children’s homes in the area, where some of the pupils may stay. There are 76 staff drawn from a wide range of professional backgrounds. Pupils are usually provided with one-to-one support throughout the day. Learning is organised on an individual basis or in very small groups. All pupils have an education, health and care plan. The school does not use any alternative providers for its pupils. The school aims to ‘enable students with an autistic spectrum condition to learn to manage their behaviour and cope with anxiety; access positive educational experiences, develop strategies to manage everyday life, develop independence, social and communication skills and become empowered to make appropriate choices’.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Leaders, managers and governors have maintained their ambitious aims and the school’s outstanding provision. Their vision drives continuous improvement. Teaching is outstanding, because of teachers’ determination and expertise in addressing the aspects of learning that pupils need to acquire at each stage of their development. Pupils are not taught in key stages or age groups, but according to the phase of development they are at, and the support they need. This enables them to make excellent progress. Pupils’ progress is assessed daily in learning logs. Progress summaries for each pupil include communication and engagement; behaviour; education, health and care plan (EHC) targets and academic progress. This gives a complete picture of the outstanding progress that pupils make. Challenging behaviour is exceptionally well managed by staff. Pupils’ behaviour improves rapidly as a result. The curriculum is rich and varied. It is adapted to suit the needs of each pupil. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and their awareness of British values are outstanding. Post-16 students are provided with learning opportunities which contribute strongly to their preparation for adult life. All appropriate options are explored for students’ transition to the next stage of their lives. Parents have nothing but praise for the school’s work: ‘The ability of staff to see my son’s potential has given him confidence’ and ‘He is encouraged to be the best version of himself that he can be; they believe in him’ are typical of the many comments from parents. Governors have an excellent understanding of the school’s achievements and planned future developments. They have the necessary expertise to ensure that the independent school standards are met. Leaders are looking to find ways of sharing their undoubted expertise with other professionals. 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.