Lyme Brook Independent School

Primary & Secondary
Special school

90 King Street
Not Available
8 - 16
Other independent special school
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School Description

This was the school’s first standard inspection, following the pre-registration inspection on 16 May 2019. The school was first registered in June 2019. The school is situated in former domestic premises, which were extended, then later converted to offices. The school is a short walk from the centre of Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire. The school is part of Prestige Adolescent Care and Education (PACE) Limited. The school caters for pupils aged eight to 16 who are children looked after, some of whom have social, emotional and mental health needs. Most pupils are likely to have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Inspection report: Lyme Brook Independent School 10–12 December 2019 5 Many have missed substantial amounts of schooling and have significant gaps in their learning. The school does not have a religious ethos. The school does not use any alternative providers. Information about this inspection We carried out this inspection under section 109(1) and (2) of the Education and Skills Act 2008. The purpose of the inspection is to advise the Secretary of State for Education about the school’s suitability for continued registration as an independent school. The school meets the independent school standards. These are the requirements set out in the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014. We held meetings with the headteacher, the director for care and the business director from Prestige Adolescent Care and Education Limited. We also held meetings with individual teaching assistants. Wes considered the quality of education. We looked at English, mathematics, computer science and geography in more detail. This involved meeting with subject leaders and teachers, scrutinising curriculum plans, looking at pupils’ books and talking with pupils about their experiences and learning. We also visited several lessons. We visited a food technology lesson and an art lesson. The lead inspector also scrutinised science books. The lead inspector toured the premises with the headteacher to ensure that the school provides an appropriate environment for pupils. We examined several policies, schemes of work and plans as well as documentation related to health and safety. The lead inspector held a meeting with the headteacher and the director of care to discuss safeguarding procedures and scrutinised safeguarding documentation. She spoke to other staff about their knowledge of safeguarding procedures. The lead inspector spoke on the telephone to representatives of the local authorities who place pupils at this school. The lead inspector considered written findings from Ofsted Parent View. There were no responses to Ofsted’s staff questionnaire or to the pupil questionnaire.

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