Olsen House School

Name Olsen House School
Website www.kedlestongroup.com
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 11 July 2017
Address C/O Kendleston Group Unit 8, Brook House, Cowley Mill Road, Uxbridge, UB8 2FX
Phone Number 01519240234
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 7-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 31 (90% boys 10% girls)
Local Authority Sefton
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

Olsen House occupies a former local authority primary school in Crosby, Merseyside. The school was purchased by Kedleston Group Ltd in April 2013. The school is registered for up to 40 boys and girls aged seven to 16 years. It supports pupils with behavioural, social and emotional difficulties, those who need extra help to engage in education and pupils with autism or other learning difficulties. Currently there are 10 pupils in key stages 2, 3 and 4, the great majority of whom have experienced severe disruption to their education. All have a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan. Two pupils are looked after by the local authority. In September 2017 the school will admit its first pupils to ‘The Bluebird Unit’, a new facility for pupils with a primary diagnosis of ASC. The aim of the unit is to support pupils’ needs and to work with them holistically. The learning environment has been designed to enable pupils to work in an environment that is comfortable for them and takes into consideration their sensory needs. The school website is fully compliant with statutory requirements. The school sets out to provide an environment where pupils are consulted, valued and supported. It aims to present opportunities for them to reach their full potential in life. Pupils are encouraged to attend courses at local colleges. The school currently uses alternative provision at The Vocation College, Wallasey, Cornerstone, Bootle and Mode Training, Liverpool. Pupils are following courses in construction, media studies and photography, barbering and hairdressing.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The strong leadership of the headteacher, ably supported by the deputy headteacher, has created a clear vision and direction in driving the school forward. The committed and effective staff team share the vision to create a school where pupils’ needs are at the forefront of everyone’s work. The governing body, members of the Kedleston Group, provide strong support and challenge. Group members have the skill and knowledge to ensure that the school continues to improve. Together with school leaders, they carry out rigorous checks to ensure that the school fully meets the independent school standards. Pupils make good progress across a range of subjects. Almost all pupils achieve their targets and most exceed them. All pupils continue into further education or training. Senior leaders regularly make rigorous checks on the quality of teaching and learning to ensure that pupils’ interest is engaged and that lessons are stimulating. Pupils’ safety is a high priority at the school. Staff recruitment and child protection arrangements are excellent. Pupils say that they feel safe and well cared for. They indicate that there is little or no bullying and they feel well informed about how to keep themselves safe. The school curriculum is rich and interesting, with a good focus on literacy and numeracy. Sometimes, however, there are missed opportunities to promote pupils’ reading skills. The ‘learning outside the classroom’ initiative allows pupils to develop new skills in a wide range of activities. The focus on pupils’ personal development is excellent. The promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is threaded through all learning activities. Behaviour is good across the school, including behaviour for learning, although a minority of pupils do not always complete the expected amount of work set in lessons. Attendance has improved but is not yet in line with national averages. 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.