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Newbury School is an independent day school for pupils who cannot access mainstream provision. The school opened in October 2016. This is the school’s first inspection. Many of the pupils have experienced disruption to their education and the majority have been permanently excluded from previous schools. Birmingham local authority commissions places at the school. The school is situated in Newtown and is based within a community centre. Some of the facilities are shared with local organisations and other businesses. Facilities within the centre include a sports hall, a dance studio and classroom areas. The school’s aim is to provide ‘A premier Birmingham alternative provision’. Inspection report: Newbury School, 21–23 November 2017 Page 8 of 13 Information about this inspection The inspection was carried out over two and half days with notice of one day. The inspector met with the proprietors, the headteacher, teaching staff and pupils. The inspector observed lessons in English, mathematics, science, information communication technology and personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education. The inspector also reviewed work in pupils’ books. The inspector evaluated the premises and examined key policies including policies on safeguarding, the curriculum, behaviour, complaints and bullying. The inspector scrutinised a range of documents including the attendance register, the admissions register, the school’s information on pupils’ achievements and behaviour logs. Parent View responses were used to evaluate the views of parents. Inspection team Melanie Callaghan-Lewis, lead inspector Ofsted Inspector Inspection report: Newbury School, 21–23 November 2017 Page 9 of 13 Annex. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school must meet the following independent school standards Part 1. Quality of education provided 2(1) The standard in this paragraph is met if– 2(1)(a) the proprietor ensures that a written policy on the curriculum, supported by appropriate plans and schemes of work, which provides for the matters specified in sub-paragraph (2) is drawn up and implemented effectively; and – 2(1)(b) the written policy, plans and schemes of work– 2(1)(b)(i) take into account the ages, aptitudes and needs of all pupils, including those pupils with an EHC plan; and 2(2) For the purposes of paragraph (2)(1)(a), the matters are– 2(2)(a) full-time supervised education for pupils of compulsory school age (construed in accordance with section 8 of the Education Act 1996), which gives pupils experience in linguistic, mathematical, scientific, technological, human and social, physical and aesthetic and creative education; – 2(2)(d) personal, social, health and economic education which– 2(2)(d)(i) reflects the school's aim and ethos; and – 2(2)(e) for pupils receiving secondary education, access to accurate, up-to-date careers guidance that– 2(2)(e)(i) is presented in an impartial manner; – 2(2)(e)(ii) enables them to make informed choices about a broad range of career options; and – 2(2)(e)(iii) helps to encourage them to fulfil their potential; – 2(2)(h) that all pupils have the opportunity to learn and make progress; and – 2(2)(i) effective preparation of pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in British society. 3 The standard in this paragraph is met if the proprietor ensures that the teaching at the school– 3(a) enables pupils to acquire new knowledge and make good progress according to their ability so that they increase their understanding and develop their skills in the subjects taught; – 3(c) involves well planned lessons and effective teaching methods, activities and management of class time; – 3(d) shows a good understanding of the aptitudes, needs and prior attainments of the pupils, and ensures that these are taken into account in the planning of lessons; – 3(g) demonstrates that a framework is in place to assess pupils' work regularly and thoroughly and use information from that assessment to plan teaching so that pupils Inspection report: Newbury School, 21–23 November 2017 Page 10 of 13 can progress; – 3(h) utilises effective strategies for managing behaviour and encouraging pupils to act responsibly. 4 The standard in this paragraph is met where the proprietor ensures that a framework for pupil performance to be evaluated, by reference to the school’s own aims as provided to parents or national norms, or to both, is in place. Part 3. Welfare, health and safety of pupils 7 The standard in this paragraph is met if the proprietor ensures that– – 7(a) arrangements are made to safeguard and promote the welfare of pupils at the school; and – 7(b) such arrangements have regard to any guidance issued by the Secretary of State.
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