Inspections

Ofsted

May 2018

Inspection Findings

  • To see whether the school remains outstanding, I wanted to determine how well teachers are using the new assessment system to ensure that pupils are making the best possible progress. This was an area for improvement identified at the previous inspection. You initiated a new assessment system and secured funding to develop a computer system that can be used at a national level. Leaders have continued to develop this unique and pioneering system of assessment to determine each pupil’s mental health and learning needs. This system is already held in very high regard in the field of mental health and is currently being piloted in six similar establishments. Staff use this system to provide very detailed initial assessments in a short space of time when pupils are admitted to the centre.
  • They use this assessment information well to set precise targets and strategies in pupils’ individual education plans. As a result, learning is highly personalised and subject leaders meticulously record evidence of progress against these highly personalised targets. The exemplary nature of this process contributes to the rapid and secure progress that pupils make in the relatively short period of time they spend in the centre.
  • I also wanted to find out how the curriculum is ensuring that pupils sustain their destinations when they leave the centre because there was little information about this on the centre’s website. All pupils receive high-quality independent careers advice based on their mental health need, aspirations and length of stay at the centre. This leads to carefully planned destinations which are likely to be sustainable. The engagement mentor then makes periodic follow-up telephone calls with providers to ensure that pupils’ placements are sustained.
  • Transition arrangements are thorough and very effective, with excellent programmes to reintegrate pupils into mainstream schools. Where pupils are not on roll at a school or college, alternative education providers, such as ThePrince’s Trust, are used very effectively as an interim before courses begin forthe next academic year. As a result, most pupils successfully return to their mainstream schools. The staff also support pupils, where appropriate, in writing curriculum vitae, applying for apprenticeships and looking at college or university choices. Parents are kept fully informed about the careers advice and guidance that their children receive. Of the 19 pupils who left Longview ward in the spring term, only a very small number did not go on to education, training or employment.
  • Finally, I wanted to know how effectively the management committee is monitoring and challenging the work of the education department to ensure continuous improvement. This was because some aspects of the website did not to comply with requirements. Members of the management committee provide strong support and challenge for the work of the education centre to sustain the highest quality of provision. They oversee the arrangements for managing staff performance well. They visit the education department and look carefully at data to secure an accurate view of the school and influence priorities for further improvement. They ensured that leaders quickly rectified the few shortcomings in the website during this inspection.

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November 2014

Inspection Judgements

Overall effectiveness1
Leadership and management1
Behaviour and safety of pupils1
Quality of teaching1
Achievement of pupils1
Sixth Form Provision1

January 2012

Inspection Judgements

Overall effectiveness2
Achievement of pupils2
Quality of teaching2
Behaviour and safety of pupils2
Leadership and management2

May 2009

Inspection Judgements

Overall effectiveness2
Achievement and standards2
Personal development and well-being1
Quality of provision2
Leadership and management2

June 2006

Inspection Judgements

Overall effectiveness2
Achievement and standards2
Personal development and well-being2
Quality of provision2
Leadership and management2

Ofsted ParentView

QNIC

The St Aubyn Centre belongs to the Quality Network of In-patient Child and Adolescent Units. The annual reviews have reported very favourably on the Education Department at the centre.