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Holyoakes Field Pupil Referral Unit Closed - result of amalgamation Aug. 31, 2010

see new The Forge Secondary Short Stay School

Holyoakes Field Pupil Referral Unit
215 Easemore Road

phone: 01527 *** ***

head of centre: Mrs Cherry Ann Abrams

school holidays: via Worcestershire council

— Pupil Referral Unit

Establishment type
Pupil Referral Unit
Establishment #
Open date
Sept. 1, 1994
Close date
Aug. 31, 2010
Reason closed
Result of Amalgamation
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 404809, Northing: 268315
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 52.313, Longitude: -1.9309
Accepting pupils
11—14 years old
Ofsted last inspection
Jan. 28, 2009
Region › Const. › Ward
West Midlands › Redditch › Abbey
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Learning provider ref #

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Schools nearby

  1. The Forge Secondary Short Stay School B988HF (17 pupils)
  2. 0.1 miles St Stephen's CofE First School B988HW (161 pupils)
  3. 0.1 miles Redditch, St Stephen's CofE Middle School B988HW
  4. 0.3 miles Redditch, the Abbey High School B988HB
  5. 0.3 miles Trinity High School and Sixth Form Centre B988HB
  6. 0.3 miles Trinity High School and Sixth Form Centre B988HB (892 pupils)
  7. 0.5 miles St George's CofE First School B988LU (245 pupils)
  8. 0.5 miles Heart of Worcestershire College B988DW
  9. 0.8 miles Holyoakes Field First School B976HH (261 pupils)
  10. 0.8 miles Redditch, Marlfield Farm First School B989AE
  11. 0.8 miles St Bede's Catholic Middle School B987HA (588 pupils)
  12. 0.8 miles St Bede's Catholic Middle School B987HA
  13. 1 mile Redditch, Bridley Moor High School B976HT
  14. 1 mile Birchensale Middle School B976HT (410 pupils)
  15. 1.1 mile Redditch, Arrowcrest First School B987JU
  16. 1.1 mile Moons Moat First School B989HR (287 pupils)
  17. 1.1 mile Oak Hill First School B987JU (514 pupils)
  18. 1.2 mile Redditch, Ravens Bank First School B989LR
  19. 1.2 mile Redditch, St John Fisher Catholic First School B989JL
  20. 1.2 mile Redditch, Lodge Farm Middle School B987HH
  21. 1.2 mile Church Hill Middle School B989LR (268 pupils)
  22. 1.2 mile Abbeywood First School B989LR (240 pupils)
  23. 1.2 mile Woodfield Middle School B987HH
  24. 1.2 mile Woodfield Academy B987HH (547 pupils)

List of schools in Redditch

Holyoakes Field Pupil Referral Unit

Inspection Report

Unique Reference Number130988
Local AuthorityWorcestershire
Inspection number328541
Inspection date28 January 2009
Reporting inspectorCharles Hackett

This inspection of the school was carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005.

Type of schoolPupil referral unit
School categoryPupil referral unit
Age range of pupils11–14
Gender of pupilsMixed
Number on roll
School (total)15
Appropriate authorityThe local authority
HeadteacherCherry Abrams
Date of previous school inspection 1 December 2005
School address215 Easemore Road
B98 8HF
Telephone number01527 69378
Fax number01527 69378

Age group11–14
Inspection date28 January 2009
Inspection number328541

Inspection report Holyoakes Field Pupil Referral Unit, 28 January 2009

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The inspection was carried out by one Additional Inspector. The inspector evaluated the overall effectiveness of the centre and investigated the following issues.

  • The effectiveness of the provision in meeting the needs of pupils and enabling them to successfully return or remain in mainstream.
  • Pupils' achievement and personal development whilst at the centre.
  • The effectiveness of teaching in matching work to pupils' needs and in providing guidance to pupils to support their learning.
  • The effectiveness of senior leaders and the management committee in monitoring the centre's work and setting challenging targets that will help the centre improve.

Evidence was gathered from: visits to lessons; discussions with pupils, staff, senior education welfare officer, head of service, a parent, two headteachers of mainstream schools who have close links to the pupil referral unit (PRU) and the chair of the management committee; as well as centre documentation and assessment information. Other aspects of the centre's work were not investigated in detail, but the inspector found no evidence to suggest that the centre's own assessments, as given in its self-evaluation, were not justified, and these have been included where appropriate in this report.

Description of the school

Holyoakes Field caters for pupils who have been permanently excluded from a mainstream school or who are at risk of exclusion. Permanently excluded pupils attend full time and other pupils are dual registered, attending the centre for differing periods of time. The dual registered pupils' length of stay varies but for many is no longer than eight weeks. Pupils live in the north of the county and come from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds. Occasionally, a few pupils are admitted with a statement of special educational needs and a few are in the care of the local authority. The acting headteacher took over the role in April 2008. The centre moved to its current base in September 2008. It shares the building with a variety of other users, including a Key Stage 4 PRU.

Key for inspection grades

Grade 1Outstanding
Grade 2Good
Grade 3Satisfactory
Grade 4Inadequate

Overall effectiveness of the school

Grade: 2

Holyoakes Field is a good PRU. It plays an important role in the local authority's provision for pupils experiencing difficulties in mainstream education. Led by an energetic and determined acting headteacher, it has firmly established a clear understanding of its purpose to provide temporary support and guidance to pupils before reintegrating them successfully back into a mainstream school.

Pupils reach average or below average standards because of their troubled histories in education, most having previously failed to learn and achieve. For almost all pupils this changes and their achievement at the PRU is good. This leads them to enjoy learning. 'I've learnt lots more here than at my other school' is how one pupil described what being at the PRU meant to him. Pupils' good achievement is shown by the many subject merits they achieve and the 'Bug' awards given for reaching all their targets for a full week. Most teachers assess individual pieces of work to show the standards pupils reach. However, the more formal tracking of pupils' academic progress, especially in English, mathematics and science is limited and fails to provide teachers with sufficient information to guide the planning of subsequent lessons.

The great majority of pupils make good progress in their personal development. Improving their ability to engage in learning plays a key role in their ability to succeed in mainstream schools. This is enhanced by the excellent 'S' factor curriculum developed by the PRU. This programme is a specially designed set of lessons with a focus on providing pupils with the 'skills for success' in a mainstream setting. This work is underpinned by the strong structure to each day where expectations of behaviour are consistently applied by staff. This approach ensures pupils have a clear understanding of what is expected of them and the positive benefits and rewards they can achieve through compliance. As a result, pupils become more confident and their self-esteem increases. They are active members of the community and know that staff will listen to them. Projects such as the regular arts week are celebrated within the local community, the latest being set to be displayed in the local cathedral.

Very good systems exist to support pupils' personal development. Pupils are given challenging targets which are contained in a log book, reviewed in every lesson and amended on a weekly basis. A very strong sense of teamwork amongst the staff is supported well by good communication systems. Daily briefings ensure that the detail of each day is known by all staff and each pupil is reviewed to check if any necessary changes to their programmes are needed. Records clearly show the attendance of most pupils improves when they join the PRU, although the poor attendance of just one or two pupils reduces the PRU's overall attendance figures. Pupils feel safe and stress that there is no bullying. They themselves talk about how much they respect the tight structure to the centre. 'They are 'dead strict' is how one pupil described the approach of the PRU staff, whilst also stating how much he liked being there and how the staff were helping him. Physical activities are restricted because the outside facilities, despite the move to new premises, remain very limited, although there are plans to enhance these. The new premises, though, do allow for the use of a gymnasium for a variety of activities. Through these activities, regular swimming sessions and work in food technology, pupils are developing a good understanding of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

Teaching is effective. Teachers ensure pupils work hard in lessons and enjoy learning. Teachers plan their programmes well and have clear learning objectives for each lesson. They do not, though, always allow for the differing ability levels of pupils in each group. This often means that pupils with significant differences in their ability are asked to complete the same work, which does not provide them with the right level of challenge. The curriculum as a whole provides pupils with a good range of experiences in the centre and out in the community. This ensures that pupils become active members of the local community. Such experiences mean that pupils in Years 7 and 8 can return to mainstream on a similar footing to their peers. This is not always the case in Year 9. Sometimes, these pupils are disadvantaged by not being able to follow similar courses to their peers in mainstream in subjects such as science and information and communication technology (ICT).

Leadership and management are effective. The headteacher and her close-knit team of staff have brought about improvements to the PRU's effectiveness. Although in an acting capacity for almost a year, the headteacher has been instrumental in helping the PRU to place more emphasis on the importance of reintegrating pupils into mainstream schools. As a result, in the last year more pupils have returned to be full time in mainstream than previously. This in turn has supported the capacity of the local authority to meet the needs of pupils with behavioural difficulties very well. Figures show that this has contributed to a big reduction in both permanent and fixed-term exclusions from the mainstream schools in the area. The management committee provides satisfactory support. Minutes of their meetings suggest they have not been very actively involved in the past. However, recent changes, including the appointment of a new chair of the management committee, are seeing a greater level of involvement, including increased monitoring of the PRU's effectiveness and setting targets for improvement.

What the school should do to improve further

  • Improve the systems used to track pupils' progress, particularly in the core subjects of English, mathematics and science.
  • Make greater use of information on pupils' different abilities in the planning of lessons.
  • Increase the links between the curriculum covered at the PRU for Year 9 pupils with that followed by pupils in mainstream schools.

Any complaints about the inspection or the report should be made following the procedures set out in the guidance 'Complaining about inspections', which is available from Ofsted's website:

Annex A

Inspection judgements

Key to judgements: grade 1 is outstanding, grade 2 good, grade 3 satisfactory, and grade 4 inadequate.School Overall

Overall effectiveness

How effective,efficient and inclusive is the provision of education,integrated care and any extended services in meeting the needs of learners?2
Effective steps have been taken to promote improvement since the last inspectionYes
How well does the school work in partnership with others to promote learners' well-being?2
The capacity to make any necessary improvements2

Achievement and standards

How well do learners achieve?2
The standards¹ reached by learners3
How well learners make progress, taking account of any significant variations between groups of learners2
How well learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities make progress2

Personal development and well-being

How good are the overall personal development and well-being of the learners?2
The extent of learners' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development2
The extent to which learners adopt healthy lifestyles2
The extent to which learners adopt safe practices2
The extent to which learners enjoy their education2
The attendance of learners3
The behaviour of learners2
The extent to which learners make a positive contribution to the community2
How well learners develop workplace and other skills that will contribute to their future economic well-being2

The quality of provision

How effective are teaching and learning in meeting the full range of learners' needs?2
How well do the curriculum and other activities meet the range of needs and interests of learners?2
How well are learners cared for, guided and supported?2

Leadership and management

How effective are leadership and management in raising achievement and supporting all learners?2
How effectively leaders and managers at all levels set clear direction leading to improvement and promote high quality of care and education2
How effectively leaders and managers use challenging targets to raise standards2
The effectiveness of the school's self-evaluation2
How well equality of opportunity is promoted and discrimination eliminated2
How well does the school contribute to community cohesion?2
How effectively and efficiently resources, including staff, are deployed to achieve value for money2
The extent to which governors and other supervisory boards discharge their responsibilities3
Do procedures for safeguarding learners meet current government requirements?Yes
Does this school require special measures?No
Does this school require a notice to improve?No

1 Grade 1 - Exceptionally and consistently high; Grade 2 - Generally above average with none significantly below average; Grade 3 - Broadly average to below average; Grade 4 - Exceptionally low.

Annex B

Text from letter to pupils explaining the findings of the inspection

30 January 2009

Dear Pupils

Inspection of Holyoaks Field PRU, Redditch, B98 8HF

Thank you for making me so welcome when I came to visit you recently. I very much enjoyed my day in the centre. Having some toast during the morning was a real treat!

My report says the PRU is good. That is because I feel it really helps you all understand what you need to do to be able to be successful in a mainstream or special school. I particularly like the 'S' factor programme, which I think helps you a lot. I hope you will all continue to follow this programme carefully. The headteacher and all the staff have developed a good structure to each day that is helping you to understand how to behave and engage successfully in learning. It is good to see in your log books how many rewards you achieve. I think the teaching and all the activities and lessons are good. Because of this, you make good progress in your work and personal development.

There are, though, a few things I have suggested that could make the centre even better than it currently is. I have asked the staff to do three things.

  • Record your achievements in a way that shows staff what progress you are making, especially in English, mathematics and science.
  • Plan lessons to ensure that the work matches more closely your different abilities.
  • Try to ensure that your work in Year 9 matches what you would be doing in a mainstream school.

I know how much you enjoy being at the centre. I am sure you will all keep working hard and I hope you all are then able to move back to a school and do really well.

Best wishes

Yours sincerely

Charles Hackett Lead inspector

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