The Chelsea Group of Children

Special school
St Andrew's Church Hall
Waynflete Street
SW18 3QG
020 89468330
4 - 11
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School Description

The Chelsea Group of Children is an independent special school which offers day provision for 40 boys and girls aged between four and 11 years. Currently, there are 39 pupils on roll and there are more boys than girls. There are two children in the early years provision who attend the school full time. All pupils experience developmental delay and have mild to moderate and complex learning needs. Over half have a diagnosis of autism, with some having experienced considerable disruption to their education. There are 36 pupils who have a statement of special educational needs. Two have education, health and care (EHC) plans. The three pupils who do not have a statement of special educational needs are either funded by embassies or by parents themselves. The school has a team of six full-time therapists (three occupational and three speech and language therapists) who are part of the teaching team. The school opened in 1997, and in 2011 relocated to its current site, a residential area of south London. Pupils are placed at the school by a number of London boroughs. The school was last inspected in December 2012, when it was judged to be outstanding in all areas except pupils’ welfare, health and safety, which was judged to be inadequate. In December 2013, the school received a monitoring visit at the request of the registration authority to check the progress made in meeting the independent school standards for pupils’ welfare, health and safety. The inspection found that the school had made good progress and met all regulatory requirements. The school aims to ‘meet each pupil’s unique, developmental, behaviour and emotional needs and develop their cognitive abilities through the development of firm foundation of skills’. The school’s motto is, ‘I do not fear stormy seas for I have learned to sail my boat’. Inspection report: The Chelsea Group of Children, 21–22 January 2016 6 of 8 Information about this inspection This inspection was carried out with one day’s notice. The inspector visited all classrooms to observe teaching, learning and assessment. She observed 10 lessons and conducted a learning walk, all jointly with the headteacher. Teachers’ planning, pupils’ work, and information on their progress were analysed. Meetings took place with the proprietor (who is also the director of the school) and the headteacher. Meetings were also held with three middle leaders, including the leader for the six occupational and speech and language therapists. Inspector also talked to the school’s consultant on the telephone. School policies and other documentation were examined on the website and other relevant policies in the school. Records of pupils’ behaviour and attendance were reviewed. Pupils’ behaviour was observed during lunchtimes. The inspector spoke with pupils about their learning and life in school. The inspector scrutinised pupils’ work and their progress information tracked by the school, and the information given to parents. There were 27 responses to Ofsted’s online questionnaire, Parent View. These, along with comments made by one parent to the inspector, were considered. Inspector considered 27 responses to the staff questionnaire.

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