On Track Education Barnstaple


Name On Track Education Barnstaple
Website http://www.ontrackeducation.com
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 10 July 2018
Address 16a Castle Park Road, Whiddon Valley, Barnstaple, Devon, EX32 8PA
Phone Number 01271372269
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 7-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Devon
Percentage Free School Meals 0.0%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
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

On Track Education Centre, Barnstaple is owned by On Track Education Services. It provides education on three sites in Barnstaple. It has expanded in response to requests from Devon local authority to provide placements for pupils in North Devon. The school buildings were opened following a material change inspection of 5 September 2015, as a satellite of the On Track Totnes Centre. On 18 September 2017, it was opened as a discrete school as On Track Barnstaple. The school was last inspected in May 2016 as part of the On Track Totnes Centre, which was judged to require improvement. The school is an independent day school registered for up to 24 girls and boys aged from 7 to 19. Currently there are 25 pupils on roll, aged from 12 to 19. All pupils have an education, health and care plan. Most pupils have histories of severely disrupted schooling. Many have not attended education for long periods of time prior to joining the school. In their previous schools, most have exhibited highly challenging behaviour that manifests itself in highly abusive, threatening, unsafe, destructive and violent ways. All pupils are placed at the school through their local authority. The vast majority of pupils come from Devon. The vast majority attend full-time provision either at one of the sites or through activities provided by staff at locations away from the school. The school does not have a governing body. The directors act in roles of governance. The school does not use any alternative providers.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders and the directors have ensured that all the independent school standards are met. They are highly effective in making sure that all areas of the school’s work continue to improve. Safeguarding is effective. Promoting the welfare, health and safety of pupils is the number one priority of all staff. Teaching is good and improving. They successfully complete accredited courses that meet their needs, ability and aspirations. Pupils feel safe and are kept safe because they are very well cared for. There are excellent relationships between pupils and staff. Staff help pupils to be successful and enable them to believe in their own abilities. Pupils’ attendance improves at this school. Pupils and their families benefit from the local authority and the school’s flexible approach to meeting pupils’ needs. The new assessment system ensures that pupils’ progress is carefully measured and that gaps in pupils’ learning are spotted and filled. The curriculum is rich and varied. It covers all the required areas of learning. Each pupil and student has an individually designed curriculum that meets their individual needs successfully. Pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare are effectively promoted and supported by staff. Pupils begin to enjoy learning, often for the first time in their life. As a result, pupils’ achievement is good and improving. The provision for students of sixth-form age is good and matches that provided for younger pupils. Students generally move on to sustained education, employment, training or an apprenticeship. The school actively promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Some staff do not have the confidence and experience to support pupils to achieve their mathematics, English and science targets. Pupils do not learn to apply their literacy and numeracy skills as effectively as they could in some areas of the curriculum. Middle leadership requires further development. 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.