|Name||On Track Education Northampton|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||14 November 2017|
|Address||unit 6, Quarry Park Close, Moulton Park, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN3 6QB|
|Number of Pupils||31 (83% boys 17% girls)|
|Percentage Free School Meals||0.0%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||32.3%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||No|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
On Track Northampton is situated in converted industrial premises on Moulton Park trading estate in the north of Northampton. It moved to these premises in 2012 and has continued to refurbish the premises to meet the needs of the school curriculum. The school is registered to admit up to 32 pupils aged 11 to 19 years who have social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Some pupils have complex needs, including autistic spectrum disorder. Pupils are placed at the school following the breakdown of their previous placements in mainstream schools. There are currently 28 pupils on the school roll. On Track aims to provide individualised learning programmes to develop pupils’ academic, vocational and social skills. The school aims to equip pupils for positive independent adult lives. On Track uses the services of Moulton College to provide part-time courses for a small number of post-16 students. The previous inspection of the school was in November 2014.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school Pupils who have experienced difficulties in their earlier education are supported well to make good progress with their learning. The quality of teaching and learning is consistently good. Teachers assess pupils’ work effectively to plan for their individual next steps in learning. Senior leaders provide inspirational leadership, which demonstrates the conviction that all pupils can make continuous progress emotionally, socially and in their learning. Arrangements for pupils’ safety and well-being are excellent. The safeguarding of pupils, on site and in the local community, is given the highest priority. Pupils’ behaviour in lessons and around the school is good. They make strong progress with the development of their social skills and positive responses to adults. Post-16 students improve their examination grades and are prepared well for future opportunities in education and employment. Senior leaders work tirelessly and with boundless energy to motivate, support and encourage staff. Together, leaders and staff have developed a balanced and stimulating curriculum. Proprietors and senior leaders work effectively to ensure that all the independent school standards are met and continuously improve the quality of the curriculum, teaching and pupils’ outcomes. The proprietors, through their governance arrangements, make sure leaders evaluate continuously and identify suitable areas for further improvement. They have a thorough understanding of the school’s strengths and areas for improvement. Senior leaders have recently improved arrangements for monitoring and recording pupils’ progress, academically and socially. To date, they have not made sufficient use of this information to compare progress against national averages or to address relatively high levels of authorised absence. The school’s marking policy is not implemented consistently, for example to improve handwriting. 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.