Red Rose School

Name Red Rose School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 20 February 2018
Address 28-30 North Promenade, St Anne’s-on-Sea, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, FY8 2NQ
Phone Number 01253720570
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 5-16
Religious Character Christian
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Lancashire
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Pupils with SEN Support 2.4%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Red Rose School is located in Lytham St Anne’s, near Blackpool. It opened in 1997. Red Rose School is an independent day special school registered with the Department for Education (DfE), to meet the needs of up to 47 boys and girls, between the ages of five and 16 years. Almost all pupils have an EHC plan. Most pupils have identified specific learning difficulties. The school also caters for pupils who have other SEN and/or disabilities linked to dyslexia, dyspraxia and autistic spectrum disorder. The school has a Christian ethos and aims to provide a learning environment where children can achieve their potential. The school’s prospectus refers to ‘eagles who can soar above difficulties’. The majority of pupils are placed in this school by two local authorities, others are admitted via a direct application from their families. The current headteacher took up her post in September of 2016. She had previously been engaged by the school as a specialist teacher and adviser. The most recent full inspection took place in February of 2013 when the school was judged to be outstanding. The school does not use any alternative providers. Pupils do visit the local Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) building where Red Rose teachers teach physical education and sporting activities.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school This school can change pupils’ lives. Most pupils start at Red Rose having experienced other schools which had failed to meet their specific needs. Some pupils join this school having had a long time out of education. The excellence of the care and teaching provided rapidly re-engages pupils with education. Almost all pupils have an education, health and care (EHC) plan because they have significant barriers to learning. All staff are very sensitive to pupils’ needs and skilfully enable them to start to catch up on their missed learning very quickly. Most pupils would try to avoid attending their previous school. It takes pupils no time to commit to their education at Red Rose and attendance rates are very good. Pupils flourish in this environment. They quickly begin to rebuild their self-belief and confidence. Pupils are very grateful to all the staff within the school and say they are ‘being given a second chance’. This outstanding school continues to improve. Leaders and directors ensure that all independent school standards are met. The school’s ethos of care, support and personal growth is championed by the headteacher, who demonstrates great passion in striving to provide an outstanding experience for every single pupil. She leads by example. Staff are inspired to do everything they can to help pupils grow and develop. Pupils are provided with highly personalised support that enables them to make fast progress in basic skills, including English and mathematics. In recent years, all pupils leaving Red Rose at the end of Year 11 have gained places at further education colleges in north-west Lancashire. It is a notable mark of success that these pupils feel equipped to continue their education in large educational establishments. The school provides a broad range of opportunities that prepare pupils for life in modern Britain. However, the school’s efforts to develop pupils’ understanding of different communities and cultures is not as developed as its work in other areas. The outdoor areas used by pupils at break and lunchtimes do not provide a stimulating learning environment. 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.