Options Barton School

Name Options Barton School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 26 March 2019
Address Barrow Road, Barton-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire, DN18 6DA
Phone Number 01652631280
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 8-19
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority North Lincolnshire
Percentage Free School Meals 0.0%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Options Barton is an independent special school located in Barton-upon-Humber. It is one of six special schools in the Options Autism group. The school opened in 2006 to provide residential and day education for pupils aged from eight to 19 years who have autism spectrum disorder and complex learning difficulties. The majority of pupils have a history of challenging behaviours. There are currently 32 pupils on roll: 14 residential pupils and 18 day pupils. There are eight students in the post-16 provision. Most pupils are boys but there are four girls on roll. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage. All pupils have an EHC plan. The school has dual registration as a children’s home. A standard inspection of the home took place in January 2019. The school does not use any alternative providers.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher and recently appointed deputy headteacher work well together to provide effective leadership. They share the same high aspirations for pupils to receive the best education and care to prepare them well for their future. The proprietor, governing body and leaders have ensured that the independent school standards have been met. Leaders have introduced policies and procedures which have improved the curriculum. The curriculum is personalised to meet the individual needs of the pupils. Leaders have a clear focus on improving teaching, learning and assessment. This has resulted in well-planned lessons which enable pupils to make good progress. Respectful and positive relationships between adults and pupils are a great strength across the school. Staff are very skilled at helping pupils to make the right choices about their behaviour. Staff are very committed to the pupils. They form a united and enthusiastic team which combines a nurturing approach with high expectations of what pupils can achieve. Pupils make good progress from their individual starting points, which are often below what would be expected for their age. This is because teachers provide opportunities for pupils to engage in interesting activities. Leaders ensure that the post-16 curriculum meets students’ needs and that, as a result, students make good progress. Leaders recognise that outcomes for students could be improved further by offering a wider range of qualifications and accreditation. Leaders have worked very hard to improve the attendance of a small number of pupils. They know that there is still work to do to improve the attendance of these pupils further. Pupils’ independence is fostered throughout the day. However, opportunities for pupils to work together to develop their social skills are not as well developed. 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.