Take 1 Learning Centre
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14 - 16
Other independent school
Not Rated

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School Description

Pupils enjoy coming to this school. They feel safe and are kept safe. Pupils behave well. They appreciate the reward points they receive for attending regularly and working hard. Incidents of bullying are extremely rare. Pupils have a good attitude to school. They are resilient and want to achieve here. Staff have high expectations of every pupil. Staff believe that all children deserve a chance to succeed, regardless of what adversity they have experienced. Pupils gain qualifications that prepare them well for their next steps. These include in English, mathematics, business and enterprise and fitness. There are chances for pupils to develop their talent and interest in music technology. Pupils receive effective, independent careers advice. Staff ensure that pupils have clear action plans. These help pupils to work towards realistic goals. Work experience placements are available where appropriate. Most pupils successfully move on to places of employment or training. Recently, pupils moved on to plumbing and childcare courses and motor vehicle apprenticeships. Staff know the pupils very well. Relationships between staff and pupils are positive. There is a culture of mutual respect, care and warmth. Pupils have trusted adults to talk with. One pupil said, ‘There is always help here if we need it.’ What does the school do well and what does it need to do better? Leaders have created a broad, ambitious curriculum that matches pupils’ individual needs. Pupils study a range of appropriate subjects that interest them. Teachers focus on the important life skills that pupils will need as adults. In mathematics, pupils have been learning how to read analogue clocks and timetables and use money. In English, pupils have been writing letters of application and curriculum vitae. This is to help them when they apply for future college courses or training. Recently, some pupils have gained GCSE passes in English and mathematics. Pupils have also gained functional skills passes in information and communication technology. Staff assess pupils’ abilities accurately and frequently. Pupils’ work is well matched to their abilities. While the curriculum is appropriate, it does not always allow pupils to discuss, debate and present content. This prevents pupils from deepening their knowledge and understanding, as well as from improving their self-esteem. Staff have good subject knowledge. They present content clearly and in a logical order. This helps pupils to know more and remember more over time. Leaders have improved their focus on encouraging pupils to read. There are daily opportunities for pupils to read for pleasure. There is a good selection of books for Inspection report: Take 1 Learning Centre 15–17 June 2021 2 pupils to choose from. Pupils often read their work and curriculum texts aloud. This helps to build their confidence. Pupils listen attentively in a calm atmosphere. Clear routines and school rules mean that little learning time is lost. Incidents of discrimination and poor language are rare. The use of any fixed-term or permanent exclusion is appropriate but rare. Pupils’ attendance and punctuality is improving. Leaders thoroughly follow up any absences. They make phone calls and, when necessary, home visits. The vast majority of pupils improve their attendance over time. Pupils’ attendance improves significantly when compared to their previous setting. Pupils can attend a daily breakfast club should they wish. Pupils’ personal development is a strength. The personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) curriculum prepares them well for life in modern Britain. For example, pupils have the opportunity to learn about other faiths and cultures. The curriculum includes sex and relationships education. Pupils consider the dangers of substance abuse. The curriculum encourages pupils to be resilient and to develop their character. They know how to eat healthily and maintain an active lifestyle. Pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education, employment or training. Overwhelmingly, staff enjoy working at the school. They are proud to do so. Staff are determined that every pupil will succeed. They appreciate the training opportunities provided. They told us that leaders are appreciative of their workload and well-being. The proprietor has ensured that all the independent school standards are met. The premises are suitable and safe. There is an appropriate open space within walking distance for pupils to exercise. A local leisure centre provides extra facilities for physical education. The required policies contain the most up-to-date statutory guidance. The school complies with schedule 10 of the Equality Act 2010. The school’s safeguarding policy is available on the school’s website. The proprietor and those responsible for governance know the school’s strengths and weaknesses. They have procedures in place to check the work of leaders and staff. Some of this monitoring work has been hampered due to COVID-19 (coronavirus). However, on occasions, this monitoring can be ad-hoc. It is not planned in a coherent way to hold leaders fully to account at all times.

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