Open Box Education Centre

Name Open Box Education Centre
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 22 May 2018
Address The Box, St John’s Road, Epping, Essex, CM16 5DN
Phone Number 01992577300
Type Independent
Age Range 14-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 11 (72% boys 28% girls)
Local Authority Essex
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Pupils with SEN Support 63.6%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school opened in September 2017 after registration with the Department for Education (DfE). The school had been operating prior to that time but had not been registered. Open Box Education Centre is registered to provide full-time and part-time education for boys and girls aged 14 to 16. The school is owned by the Koinonia Youth Trust. Pupils attending Open Box Education Centre typically have a range of social, emotional and mental-health difficulties. Many have been excluded, or were at risk of being excluded, from their previous school. Pupils are referred to the school by the local authority and local secondary schools. Of the 17 pupils currently on roll, 10 have been referred by the local authority. Three of these pupils are supported by an education, health and care plan. The remainder of the pupils have been referred by local schools. Three pupils attend on a part-time basis. The school is not registered as a special school. The aim of the school is to meet the specific needs of pupils and to ensure their educational and personal development. The school aims to give pupils the educational, social and emotional skills that will help them successfully take their place in society. The majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds and speak English as their first language. The school does not use any alternative providers. On 22 February 2017, Ofsted conducted a section 97 visit and inspectors found the provision to be operating as an unregistered school. The DfE issued a warning notice. The school applied to the DfE to register as an independent school in December 2016, before the February 2017 visit. The pre-registration inspection for the school was conducted by Ofsted on 18 July 2017. At that time, three of the independent school standards were judged unlikely to be met in relation to the facilities for pupils who become unwell and the suitability of the outdoor space.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Leaders have not yet got an effective system in place to measure pupils’ attainment when they join the school. As a result, they are not able to measure pupils’ progress accurately. Not all teachers are able to assess accurately what pupils know and can do in order to bring about improvements in teaching. The proprietor and leaders have not ensured that all of the independent school standards are met. Teachers are not providing pupils with enough opportunities to deepen their learning. Teachers do not follow the school’s marking and feedback policy consistently or make sure that pupils finish their work. Not enough pupils have positive attitudes towards their learning or take pride in their work. Some pupils do not attend school regularly. This has a negative effect on their learning. The school has the following strengths Leaders ensure that pupils are well cared for. Leaders work well with families and outside organisations to provide good levels of emotional support for pupils. Pupils are positive about the support that they receive. Safeguarding arrangements are effective. Pupils feel safe and are taught how to keep themselves safe. Leaders and staff are determined to see the school improve. They understand there is still more to do to improve standards so that every pupil achieves their best. Relationships between staff and pupils are positive. Staff manage behaviour effectively. Parents are positive about the work of the school. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school must take action to meet the requirements of the schedule to The Education (‘Independent School Standards’) Regulations 2014 and associated requirements. The details are listed in the full report.