Homewood College
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
Special school

Queensdown School Road
Off Lewes Road
5 - 19
Community special school
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School Description

Pupils say they like the school because staff listen to them. All pupils have social, emotional, mental health needs (SEMH). Staff know pupils well and help them manage their emotions. This means that pupils are in the right frame of mind to work. Pupils told inspectors they feel safe at the school. If there is bullying, they know there is someone they can speak to who will help them. Pupils really enjoy all the different activities and trips they go on. For example, in physical education (PE) they go boxing and climbing. The school has bikes that the pupils maintain: pupils and staff go on regular bike trips. Leaders and staff know the pupils’ strengths and interests. They use this information to help pupils plan their future. Where possible, pupils get the opportunity to attend relevant work experience. This has helped pupils to decide what they want to do when they leave school. Most pupils who left last year are still studying at college or at work placements with training. One parent who completed Ofsted’s Parent View Survey said, ‘My child is happy, feels safe and enjoys going to school. The staff are lovely and understanding.’ What does the school do well and what does it need to do better? Leaders know that the school requires improvement. They know what needs to be done and are starting to make the necessary changes. Many staff, including senior leaders, are new. Leaders have a clear vision for the quality of education but have not yet had time to make all the required improvements. The new English and mathematics teachers have introduced helpful curriculum plans designed to ensure that pupils develop and consolidate their literacy and numeracy skills. However, it is too soon to see the impact of these yet. Mathematics lessons are engaging and give pupils the confidence to believe they can succeed in mathematics. In English, a rich variety of literature enhances pupils’ knowledge and experiences. The art curriculum is well thought out. Pupils are introduced to a wide range of mediums and they use these to develop their artistic skills, for example, in painting and sculptures. Pupils complete various projects, investigating different artists and cultures. Many pupils have poor literacy skills. There is effective individual help for some pupils to improve their reading, writing and spelling. However, there is not yet a whole-school approach to developing pupils’ reading and writing skills. As a result, pupils struggle to learn in other subjects as well. Inspection report: Homewood College 3–4 December 2019 2 Pupils receive helpful support following input from therapists and educational psychologists. These professionals work with pupils and train staff to understand how they can successfully support pupils. All staff effectively use a positive behaviour management approach. Leaders recognise that pupils use different strategies to be in the right emotional place to learn. Leaders have therefore created areas such as the sensory and active room, and the outdoor learning space, for pupils to use. Staff know the pupils well and help pupils to make the right choices to regulate their behaviour. Most pupils accept the support of staff. During the inspection, some pupils chose not to take the behaviour advice they were offered. These pupils did not stop their peers from working but did not engage in learning themselves. Staff work well with parents to improve pupils’ attendance. Despite this positive work, pupils do not attend school regularly enough. Many of the pupils enter the school with poor previous attendance. Staff thoroughly investigate each day’s absences and try to resolve any issues. Leaders rightly recognise the importance of reducing absence, and this remains a focus for the school. The school offers pupils a wide range of opportunities. For example, football competitions, building their own go kart, trips to museums and a residential to a farm. However, not all pupils can access these activities, particularly if they do not take place on the school site. This is because some pupils’ education is at different places away from the school. Also, some pupils are not able to manage off-site activities without putting themselves at risk. Leaders and staff will continue to work with pupils to enable more pupils to gain these rich experiences.

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