On Track Education Mildenhall

Name On Track Education Mildenhall
Website https://www.ontrackeducation.com/schools/mildenhall
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 22 January 2019
Address 82e & F Fred Dannatt Road, Mildenhall, Suffolk, IP28 7RD
Phone Number 01638715555
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 28 (89% boys 11% girls)
Local Authority Suffolk
Percentage Free School Meals 0.0%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.1%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

On Track Education Centre is an independent day special school which opened in April 2005. On Track Education Services Limited runs the school. The proprietors provide the governance of the school. The school is registered for up to 32 pupils, aged between 11 and 18 years, who have behavioural, emotional and social difficulties, and autism. Twenty-six pupils have an education, health and care plan. Pupils are taught in mixed-age classes. Some pupils travel a significant distance to attend the school, including return journeys of over 150 miles. No pupils attend any alternative provision.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leadership has strengthened since the previous inspection. The proprietors and leaders have a clearer picture of the school’s strengths and weaknesses. Teachers have high expectations of what pupils can achieve. They understand the learning and emotional needs of individual pupils, and plan activities which meet these needs well. Teachers use a range of suitable strategies to assess pupils’ progress. Relationships between teachers and pupils are typically positive. Pupils’ attendance improves the longer they are in the school. Pupils make good progress from their often very low starting points. Pupils for whom the school receives additional pupil premium funding achieve as well as others in the school. Outcomes in both vocational and academic qualifications are good. Pupils do not read widely enough and for pleasure. Staff manage pupils’ behaviour well, and according to the school’s policy. Positive behaviour is acknowledged and rewarded. Pupils are well cared for in the school. Pupils are offered a wide-ranging curriculum which enables them to study a range of appropriate qualifications. This prepares pupils very well for the next stages of their education. Until recently, science has not been taught by a specialist teacher. There is further potential to develop the teaching space and improve the resources. The proprietors and leaders regularly check the school’s compliance with the independent school standards to ensure that they are met. The school’s information management system is relatively new and requires further time to be used to best effect. Systems are in place to monitor the quality of teaching. The school’s approaches are not as helpful as they could be in improving learning for pupils. 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.