On Track Education Totnes

Name On Track Education Totnes
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 03 July 2018
Address Parragon Building, Ford Road, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5LQ
Phone Number 01803866462
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 7-19
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 47 (85% boys 15% girls)
Local Authority Devon
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

On Track Education Centre Totnes is smaller than the average-sized special school. The school operates from two sites, two miles apart, Totnes and West Yarner. The school provides education for pupils with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. All pupils currently on roll have an education, health and care plan. Many pupils have autistic spectrum disorder. Pupils are placed at the school by local authorities including Torbay Council, Devon County Council, Cornwall County Council and Plymouth City Council. Nine pupils are children looked after. The school currently does not use any alternative providers. The previous standard inspection took place on 17–19 May 2016.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher and deputy headteacher form a strong team. Together, they provide effective leadership. As a result, staff are well motivated and committed to their jobs. Most pupils make good progress in English and mathematics, often from very low starting points. Pupils build their confidence and self-esteem quickly. Many pupils’ communication skills are weak when they join the school. They develop speaking and listening skills well as their confidence grows. However, some pupils’ writing skills do not improve at the same rate. Teaching is highly individualised. The curriculum is closely matched to pupils’ aptitudes and aspirations. Teachers use their strong subject knowledge to question pupils well and explain concepts effectively. However, teachers’ knowledge of different types of special educational needs is not broad enough. Pupils’ personal development is promoted well. Many vulnerable pupils are kept safe and are taught to recognise and avoid unsafe situations. Pupils’ behaviour is generally good. Over time, the number of incidents of poor behaviour has reduced significantly. Teachers are calm and patient when pupils are anxious or tense. Attendance has improved markedly in the last two years. Even so, senior leaders recognise that further improvement in the rate of pupils’ attendance is necessary. Sixth-form students follow personalised study programmes that integrate work experience well with academic and vocational courses. Senior leaders gather good-quality information about pupils’ attainment and progress. Nevertheless, their analysis of this information is not yet sharp enough. Senior leaders provide risk assessments for off-site activities. However, some of these are not specific enough to the particular activity. 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.