Phoenix School of Therapeutic Education

Post 16
Special school
83 East Bank Road
S2 3PX
11 - 17
Other independent special school
4 1 1 2 3 4
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Phoenix School is a specialist provider of education for pupils admitted to Cygnet Hospital Sheffield, a Tier 4 child and adolescent mental health service hospital (CAMHS). Pupils are admitted due to a significant emotional and mental health crisis. There are two wards, one of which is a psychiatric intensive care unit. The school is owned by Cygnet Health Care Limited, a long-established national provider of specialist mental health services. The school was previously owned by Alpha Hospitals and was purchased by Cygnet on 15 February 2016. As a result, Cygnet now provides education as well as mental health services in Phoenix and three other schools. This is the school’s first standard inspection. Ofsted conducted a pre-registration Inspection report: Phoenix School of Therapeutic Education, 4–6 July 2017 Page 9 of 12 inspection of the school on 20 May 2016. It was found that the school was likely to meet all of the independent school standards at that time. The Department for Education approved the school’s registration on 8 July 2016. Many pupils have been out of formal schooling prior to attending Phoenix. They come from all parts of England due to the very specialist nature of the provision. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage. All pupils have social, emotional or mental health difficulties. Around 40% of the pupils currently attending have special educational needs and/or disabilities and just over 10% have an education, health and care plan. There are too few students in the sixth form to report separately on post-16 provision as this would potentially enable the identification of individual students. The headteacher was appointed 18 months ago and oversaw the school’s transition from Alpha to Cygnet. Towards the end of June 2017, he became the interim head of education for all four schools. The school has no religious affiliation. It does not use any alternative provision. It does enable some pupils to take part in work experience in a local city farm. The school aims to: ‘provide equal access to high quality education for all children and young people with mental health needs, keeping education alive in the pupils’ lives, maintaining progress and enabling them to achieve their potential whilst in hospital.’ Inspection report: Phoenix School of Therapeutic Education, 4–6 July 2017 Page 10 of 12 Information about this inspection The inspector observed learning in all classrooms, accompanied by the headteacher. She held discussions with the headteacher and Cygnet’s national lead for special educational needs, a group of staff and the designated leader for child protection. She talked to pupils informally as she visited classrooms. The inspector also held a discussion with two representatives of the local board and held a telephone discussion with the proprietor. A wide range of school documents were scrutinised. These included leaders’ written evaluation of their work and their improvement planning, safeguarding policies and procedures, and fire, first aid, health and safety policies. The inspector reviewed the information the school has on pupils’ achievements over time, checked pupils’ workbooks and examples of reports to the local and national boards about the work of the school. There were too few parental responses to the Ofsted online survey, Parent View, to enable the inspector to see the results. However, text responses from two parents were reviewed. Five responses to Ofsted’s staff survey were also considered. Inspection team Margaret Farrow, lead inspector Her Majesty's Inspector Inspection report: Phoenix School of Therapeutic Education, 4–6 July 2017 Page 11 of 12 Any complaints about the inspection or the report should be made following the procedures set out in the guidance 'Raising concerns and making a complaint about Ofsted', which is available from Ofsted's website: If you would like Ofsted to send you a copy of the guidance, please telephone 0300 123 4234, or email [email protected]

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