On Track Education Silverstone

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On Track Education Silverstone


Name On Track Education Silverstone
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 28 November 2017
Address Towcester Road, Silverstone, Towcester, NN12 8UB
Phone Number 01525864961
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 15 (93% boys 7% girls)
Local Authority Northamptonshire
Percentage Free School Meals 0.0%
Pupils with SEN Support 20%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

On Track Education Centre is a small independent special school in Central Bedfordshire. It provides an alternative provision for pupils who have been either excluded from school or are at risk from exclusion from school. The school works with several local authorities nearby. Most pupils experience behavioural, emotional and social difficulties. Many pupils have a history of a schooling that has been disrupted and this has had an impact on their academic attainment and progress. Half of the pupils on roll have education, health and care plans and some are looked after. Of the 14 pupils on roll, only a very small number are of key stage 3 age and most are in key stage 4. Two pupils are currently educated at home with teaching support from the school. The school does not use alternative education providers but does employ a specialist fitness company, Tri-line Fitness of Silsoe, who visit to provide physical education tuition. The school’s previous full inspection was in December 2010. At this time, the school was judged to be ‘good’ overall.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher has high expectations and has developed an ethos of challenge and support. He has implemented systems and structures to secure good teaching quality at the school. Governance from the directors is rooted in high ambition and close monitoring. They know the school well and challenge senior leaders to drive standards even higher. Teachers monitor and record pupils’ achievements across a wide range of academic and social indicators. Reporting of progress to parents and local authorities is comprehensive. The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good because most teaching is linked to individual pupils’ needs and helps them to make good progress. Information about progress in lessons is used well by adults to inform the next stage of pupils’ learning. Teaching, learning and assessment do not always deepen pupils’ understanding, knowledge and skills well enough to support pupils’ rapid progress in a minority of lessons. Middle leaders do not consistently drive improvements in teaching, learning and assessment as well as they could do. Directors and leaders have ensured that the independent school standards are met. Current pupils, including those who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities and those who are the most able, make good progress from their starting points in a wide range of subjects. The school tracks pupils’ achievements very closely and staff use this information to plan lessons that meet pupils’ needs and enable them to make good progress. Safeguarding is effective. Good safety and welfare are at the heart of the school’s work. Staff and pupils say that they feel safe. Behaviour and attendance are good relative to pupils’ starting points. Bullying is rare. Staff give clear messages about expectations. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is well provided for and as a result they understand what respect is and experience how to live life in modern Britain. Curriculum provision is now good. Further development of careers education advice and guidance is needed to better prepare pupils for the future. 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.