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Kingsfield Centre

Kingsfield Centre
Chilton Way

phone: 01449 613931

headteacher: Mrs Marion Aust

school holidays: via Suffolk council

33 pupils aged 11—15y mixed gender

25 boys 76%


10 girls 30%


Last updated: June 20, 2014

— Pupil Referral Unit

Establishment type
Pupil Referral Unit
Establishment #
Open date
Sept. 1, 2001
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 603458, Northing: 259029
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 52.192, Longitude: 0.97525
Accepting pupils
7—16 years old
Special pupils
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
Oct. 14, 2013
Region › Const. › Ward
East of England › Bury St. Edmunds › Onehouse
Urban > 10k - less sparse
SEN Facilities
PRU Does have Provision for SEN
Pupils With EBD
PRU Does have EBD provision
Free school meals %
Learning provider ref #

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22 May 2015
Mr Chris Millard
Interim executive headteacher
Kingsfield Centre
Chilton Way
IP14 1SZ
Dear Mr Millard

Special measures monitoring inspection of Kingsfield Centre

Following my visit to your pupil referral unit on 20 May 2015, I write on behalf of

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills to confirm

the inspection findings. Thank you for the help you gave during the inspection and
for the time you made available to discuss the actions taken since the unit’s recent
section 5 inspection.
The inspection was the first monitoring inspection since the pupil referral unit
became subject to special measures following the inspection which took place in
February 2015.


I spent the day at the Chilton Road site. Meetings were held with you, the deputy
headteacher, the consultant, staff and four students on the Chilton Way site, the

Chair of the Management Committee and two committee members, and the unit’s

local authority adviser. The local authority’s statement of action and the school’s
improvement plan were evaluated. I scrutinised the single central register of checks

on staff’s suitability to work with children. I toured the school.


The executive headteacher left in March 2015 and you have led the unit since 13
April 2015. This arrangement, together with the appointment of an external
consultant to the senior management team, is in place until the end of the autumn
term 2015. A completely different management committee was established in March
2015. The management committee hopes to appoint a permanent headteacher for
January 2016. The Department for Education is considering the feasibility of the unit
converting to an academy, with a local sponsor.
Local authority advisers agreed to your request to suspend admissions to the unit
until the autumn term 2015. There are 52 students on role.

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The quality of leadership and management at the school

The new leadership team quickly identified that the unit’s weaknesses are even more

extensive than the significant inadequacies noted at the February 2015 inspection.

The more they looked into the unit’s practice, the more they found that was of
concern. This includes the unreliability and availability of checks on staff’s suitability

to work with students, high staff absence, a lack of performance management,

inappropriate and inconsistent management of students’ behaviour, Year 11 students

ill-prepared for GCSEs and unreliable information about the number of students on

roll. Leaders, advisers and committee members are working on a two-year plan for
the removal of special measures.
Local authority advisers quickly put a plan in place to support the unit. The plan
includes a commitment to significant financial support, mostly to fund consultants
and advisers. You have set up an improvement plan focusing on getting to the heart

of the unit’s difficulties. The plan incorporates the support identified in the local
authority’s plan. There is still work to do to make sure that the two plans
complement each other fully and for the unit’s plan to set clear targets for
improvement in the long term. The local authority’s plan is sufficiently flexible to
adjust timescales and deliver support to match the unit’s priorities. A school

improvement board is established and will meet each half term to evaluate the
effectiveness of the plans. One meeting has already taken place.
Staff have not seen the improvement plan. This, together with uncertainty about
future leadership of the unit mean that staff feel uninformed about the part that
they play in the improvements needed. However, all teaching staff have been
reminded of their responsibilities and accountabilities within the government’s

Teachers standards

(2012). This is being reinforced through an on-going

performance management programme. Within the next two weeks, all staff will have

personal targets relating to students’ performance. Senior leaders have observed

lessons and staff have welcomed the feedback. Staff also find helpful the feedback
on their management of students’ behaviour. A revised behaviour management
policy will be in place soon, following discussions and debates with staff.
The new management committee brings together a small group of local
professionals. They bring a wide range of leadership experience and expertise. They

have very clear, high expectations for students’ academic success, personal

development and entitlement to good teaching and a good curriculum. They will
meet termly. The newness of the arrangements mean that the committee did not

contribute to the improvement plan and has not yet started to monitor the unit’s

work formally. The management committee and the senior leadership team work
collaboratively with local authority advisers, acknowledging not only the support but
also the necessary external challenge they bring.
The senior leadership team acknowledge a slow start to addressing some of the
issues identified for improvement. However, the right priorities were identified and
acted upon with appropriate urgency. For example, as a result of your determination

and with good support from the local authority’s personnel team, the single central

record of checks on staff is complete and accurate. Resolving issues relating to
safeguarding students has quite rightly been at the forefront of your day-to-day
work. This created a lot of extra work, which contributed to the slow start. Actions
taken to develop other aspects of the unit’s work are now gaining momentum.
The consultant quickly made sure that Year 11 students had the best possible
chance to get the GCSE grades that they should. Additional out-of-hours tuition to
cover the curriculum, practical tips for taking examinations, assiduously checking
examination arrangements and getting students to examinations on time, gave
students the opportunity to do well.
A revised curriculum will be in place for September 2015, particularly to improve the
entitlement for Key Stage 4 students to do well in a wide range of subjects. Leaders
are exploring partnerships with schools and pupil referral units to develop vocational
subjects and to pool resources to deliver a wider range of subjects than is currently
on offer. In addition, systems and structures to support teaching and behaviour
management will be in place for the start of the autumn term 2015.
I am unable to comment about the quality of the learning environment across the
unit but the Chilton Way site does not provide the good quality learning environment
that students and staff are entitled to. Some furniture and walls are tatty, dirty or in
need of repair. Some displays do not celebrate or support students’ work sufficiently.
Following the monitoring inspection the following judgements were made:

The local authority’s statement of action is fit for purpose.

The school’s improvement plan is fit for purpose.
The school may not appoint newly qualified teachers before the next monitoring

I am copying this letter to the Secretary of State, the Chair of the Management
Committee and the Director of Children’s Services for Suffolk local authority. This
letter will be published on the Ofsted website.
Yours sincerely
Heather Yaxley

Her Majesty’s Inspector

 Appropriate authority - Chair of the Governing Body/Interim Executive Board

 Local authority – (including where a school is an academy)
 The Secretary of State

 Contractor providing support services on behalf of the local authority - where appropriate
 The person or body responsible for appointing foundation governors if the school has a


 The lead inspector

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