Owlswick School


Name Owlswick School
Website http://www.owlswickschool.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 12 February 2019
Address Newhaven Road, Kingston, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3NF
Phone Number 01273473078
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 10-19
Religious Character Christian
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 6 (100% boys)
Local Authority East Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Owlswick School is registered for up to 15 boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 19. There are currently six boys attending the school. This is a residential special school located on the same site as the residential provision. It caters for pupils with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties, or associated disorders such as autistic spectrum disorders or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Some pupils also have additional moderate learning difficulties. There are currently no sixth-form students at the school. All pupils have an education, health and care plan. All have been placed at the school by a local authority. The school makes use of CRE8, an alternative vocational learning provision for a small number of pupils. The current headteacher took up his post in September 2018.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement The proprietors and school leaders have not ensured that all the independent school standards are met consistently. They have not made the improvements required from the last inspection. Staff do not receive enough training to hone their teaching skills. The quality of teaching is variable. Plans are not linked to pupils’ learning outcomes sufficiently well. Teaching does not assess pupils’ progress precisely enough. Assessment is not used well to identify and address gaps in pupils’ learning. Pupils do not make consistently good progress. They do not have enough chances to practise their writing skills across a range of subjects. They do not develop their reasoning and problem-solving skills in mathematics well enough. Governors have not held leaders to account rigorously enough. Leaders have not ensured that plans for improvement are fully in place. Leaders do not measure the success of their actions sufficiently well. While the curriculum is adequately broad and balanced, leaders do not have a written curriculum policy in place as is required. The school has the following strengths Leaders and staff have an absolute commitment to do the best for their pupils. The newly appointed headteacher is well respected by staff and pupils. Pupils are proud of their school and usually behave well. Leaders have created an environment where pupils feel supported and safe. 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.