Acorn Park School

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
Special school

Andrews Furlong
Mill Road
NR16 2HU
6 - 19
Other independent special school
4 1 1 2 3 4
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School Description

The headteacher and executive headteacher at the time of the last inspection are no longer in post. A new head of service was appointed in December 2019. A new chair of governors was appointed in January 2020. A new head of education and deputy headteacher were appointed in February 2020, to take responsibility for pupils’ special educational needs and/or disabilities provision. Since the previous inspection, 42 education staff have left (including two therapists) and 43 new staff have been employed. The proprietors, Acorn Care and Education, are now managed by the Outcomes First Group. All pupils at the school have an EHC plan. Most pupils have a primary diagnosis of autism. Many have comorbidities. Admission to the school is via local authority placement. The school does not use any alternative provision. The school was previously inspected in May 2018 and judged to be good. All of the independent school standards were met. The DfE commissioned Ofsted to carry out an early inspection due to serious complaints it had received about the school. Simultaneously, social care regulatory inspectors carried out an unannounced two-day inspection of the residential provision.

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