You may find some of the links below interesting and useful –

www.hse.org.uk
Human Scale Education is an education reform movement committed to small scale learning communities based on the values of democracy, fairness and respect.

HSE works directly with schools and parents to promote human scale learning environments where children and young people are known and valued as individuals.

www.education-otherwise.org
Education Otherwise is a UK-based membership organisation which provides support and information for families whose children are being educated outside school, and for those who wish to uphold the freedom of families to take proper responsibility for the education of their children.

Ofsted Report

In our last Ofsted Report, dated December 2014,  the inspector writes the following about our school –

The school ‘sets high expectations for respect, hard work and cooperation from students and teachers alike.’

‘They generate a very positive atmosphere for learning and behaviour which leads to the students making good progress and achieving well.’

The school has a strong commitment to fairness,

good relationships across the school

results in students being well prepared for life’

The inspector noted how relationships between pupils were strikingly good and that students form warm, but respectful, relationships with teachers and other staff members.

The report states that teachers have high expectations of students’ which creates ‘a relaxed atmosphere for learning and enables students to learn at the pace that suits them best.

With regard to GCSEs students achieve good results…Some do exceptionally well, with some pupils gaining an outstanding range of examination results.

On the Early Years Provision the inspector writes that the Kindergarten provides a wide range and balance of learning opportunities, there are good relationships between staff and children, children behave well, listen attentively, respond appropriately’,mix well, play harmoniously, staff work well, pupils gain confidence to speak in group situations and children are well looked after.

However despite the above and the 100% approval rating from parents, the report’s final judgement was ‘Requires Improvement’. This was because of the following reasons –

  1. On the school web site the head teachers and founders of the school did not use the term ‘proprietors’ to describe themselves
  2. One of the links to the school policies on the web site was not working
  3. One of the school’s policies had passed its annual review date
  4. There was no sink in the children’s rest / sick room
  5. The school’s Self-Evaluation plan did not include specific dates for the completion of areas to improve
  6. One of the entries into the Attendance Register was not clear
  7. The inspector stated that the school did not have access to changing rooms and showers – unfortunately despite sending Ofsted photos proving the existence of these facilities the report was not amended

Although we were of course disappointed with the final judgement we have now rectified all of the above issues (copy of action plan available) and look forward to our next Ofsted inspection.

Click on the link above to see the full report.