Oswaldtwistle School

Name Oswaldtwistle School
Website http://www.oswaldtwistle.org/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 09 January 2019
Address Union Road, Oswaldtwistle, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 3DA
Phone Number 01254231553
Type Pupil Referral Unit
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 74 (66% boys 34% girls)
Local Authority Lancashire
Percentage Free School Meals 47.3%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school has one main site. In addition, small groups and individual pupils are taught in two rooms connected to community centres. Another provision caters for pupils with medical needs. The school caters for boys and girls who have been permanently excluded from school or who are at risk of permanent exclusion. In addition, the local authority commissions teaching for pupils with medical needs associated with mental health, who are not attending school. It also commissions places for pupils who are not on roll at a mainstream school. Some pupils have an education, health and care plan. Some pupils are undergoing formal assessment for a plan. The proportion of pupils entitled to support through the pupil premium funding is above the national average. A small number of pupils are looked after by the local authority. Most pupils are of White British heritage. A small number of alternative providers are used to complement the education provided by the school: The Alternative School, The Heights Free School, Accrington and Rossendale College and Coal Clough Academy. Since the school’s previous inspection, a new headteacher has been appointed and the senior leadership team has been restructured. The management committee has also been restructured in the light of an external review of governance.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Staff consider that the headteacher has brought ‘a breath of fresh air’ to the school. Ably helped by the senior leadership team, staff are guided by the belief that every pupil deserves the best chance to succeed. Members of the management committee have grown in experience and knowledge. They provide strong support and challenge to leaders. Leaders and staff ensure that pupils feel welcome, safe and secure enough to learn. Leaders and teachers use information well to match activities to pupils’ needs. Most pupils settle quickly and begin to experience educational success. They make good progress from their starting points. Teaching and learning are good. Pupils say that teachers make learning interesting. Art and design, citizenship and mathematics are taught particularly well. The provision and leadership of special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) is a strength. Leaders and staff have greatly improved the quality of the curriculum, with a much wider range of appropriate subjects available to pupils. Individual pupils’ attendance is significantly better than when they attended their previous schools. Pupils’ personal development and welfare are a successful part of the school’s work. Strong relationships help pupils to develop their self-confidence and to feel positive about their future. Behaviour is good. Pupils conduct themselves well around the school. Where difficulties arise, staff are adept at calming the situation quickly. Pupils’ reading and writing skills have improved, but they are not at the same high standard as those evident in mathematics. Year 11 pupils are offered a good package of information, advice and guidance about their next steps in education. However, pupils in key stage 3 and in Year 10 are not offered similar opportunities to think about their future.