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Tunmarsh School

Tunmarsh School
The Tunmarsh Centre
Tunmarsh Lane

020 33732100

Headteacher: Ms Jackie Hewison

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79 pupils aged 10—15y mixed gender

55 boys 70%


20 girls 25%


Last updated: July 21, 2014

— Pupil Referral Unit

Establishment type
Pupil Referral Unit
Establishment #
Open date
June 1, 1994
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 541046, Northing: 182696
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 51.526, Longitude: 0.031771
Accepting pupils
11—16 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
June 19, 2014
Region › Const. › Ward
London › West Ham › Plaistow South
Urban > 10k - less sparse
SEN Facilities
PRU Does have Provision for SEN
Pupils educated by others
PRU Does offer tuition by another provider
Teen mother
Provides places for Teen Mothers
Free school meals %
Learning provider ref #

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Inspection Report

Unique Reference Number102708
Local AuthorityNewham
Inspection number308094
Inspection dates12-13 November 2007
Reporting inspectorMike Smith

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

Type of schoolPupil referral unit
School categoryCommunity
Age range of pupils11-16
Gender of pupilsMixed
Number on roll (school)90
Appropriate authorityThe local authority
Date of previous school inspection2 June 2003
School addressNew Tunmarsh Centre
Tunmarsh Lane, Plaistow
London E13 9NB
Telephone number020 8430 4824
Fax number020 8430 4815
Ms Alison Thompson
HeadteacherMs Alison Thompson


The inspection was carried out by two Additional Inspectors.

Description of the school

The Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) is an integral part of the behaviour and learning support services. It serves a wide variety of students' needs across four different provisions and locations. Many students present complex emotional, behavioural and social difficulties and may have been excluded from school, or be at risk of being excluded. Other students have mental health difficulties or maybe particularly vulnerable and have a history of offending. Students admitted to hospital are also taught and supported as are a number who are on home tuition. A small number of students have statements of special educational needs for their difficulties. On entry attainment is often below average, usually due to absence from school and the various barriers to their learning. Just over a half of students come from minority ethnic backgrounds, the largest being from Asian or Black African and Caribbean families. There are just over twice as many boys as girls. There is a clear focus to return students to their mainstream school wherever possible. Currently there is an acting headteacher in post.

Key for inspection grades
Grade 1Outstanding
Grade 2Good
Grade 3Satisfactory
Grade 4Inadequate

Overall effectiveness of the school

Grade: 2

This is a good PRU and there are a number of outstanding features that ensure that most students achieve as well as they can. The acting headteacher works effectively with the manager of the behaviour support service and has a clear vision for improvement, built upon well-established processes of consultation and self-evaluation. Together with a committed leadership team and hard working staff, they ensure there is a clear direction leading to improvement and the promotion of high quality care and education across all the different provisions. Parents and carers greatly appreciate the progress their children make and the care and support that they and their children receive. One parent said of the home tuition service, 'Thank you for the great support you have given our son, he is doing really well'. Another parent said of the education service in the hospital, 'I think the service is excellent and makes children forget they are sick and in hospital'. Outstanding partnerships with schools and support agencies ensure students receive appropriate support and care for their needs. Parent links and support are excellent and they are encouraged to get involved in their children's education. The parent's association (PA) is effectively used for consultation and a parent remarked, 'I think the PA is good. Staff are excellent. I feel encouraged when I attend meetings and get good advice and information. I feel more involved in my daughter's education'.

Overall, standards are average or just below. Given their starting points on entry the achievement and progress of most students is good or better. This results in a boost of confidence and self-worth and an increasingly positive attitude towards learning and making forward plans. Many students successfully reintegrate back into school and others who stay on achieve GCSE qualifications in line with their peers. A small number of students whose attendance is erratic, or poor for whatever reason, obviously do not achieve as well as their better attending peers. Some students make good, sometimes excellent improvements with their attendance when considering their previous record. An initial assessment of students' needs on entry, based upon previous attainment data (where possible) and the PRU's own assessment, forms the basis for individual target setting. Academic and personal development targets are set and regularly reviewed with the students, and most are met successfully. This is because strategies for success are discussed and consistently supported. Students' good achievement is the result of excellent relationships, the relevant curriculum, good teaching and the good care, guidance and support they receive for their individual needs. Although teaching and support are good overall, there is some outstanding practice that is not being shared as widely or as effectively as it might, particularly in the areas of pupil assessment and planning.

Students' personal development and well-being are good overall. Attitudes are generally good and improve as students begin to realise that the staff have their best interests at heart. Students are aware of the importance of keeping safe and leading a healthy lifestyle. They show respect for one another and generally get on well together. The tracking of students' progress is developing well and students confirm they are clear about what they have to do to improve their work and personal development. The PRU is aware of the need to analyse more carefully the data they record on students' progress as, presently, it is not being effectively used in planning and improving students' achievement. There is a very positive and rewarding climate for learning where students can thrive and make good progress. There has been good progress since the last inspection. Self-evaluation processes are effective in identifying areas for improvement and developments are clearly linked to student achievement. The steering group effectively fulfils its support and monitoring role and takes a full part in the strategic management of the PRU. Overall, leadership and management are having a positive impact on learning, enabling students to make good progress and a successful transition into their next stage of learning. The capacity to improve further is good.

What the school should do to improve further

  • Improve students' attendance.
  • Ensure information on student's progress is effectively analysed and used to promote progression in their learning and to raise standards.
  • Ensure the very best practice in teaching and learning is consistently applied across the different provisions.

Achievement and standards

Grade: 2

Standards are generally average to below. This is a result of a number of factors, including, non-attendance, poor attitudes to learning and the behavioural, social, medical and learning difficulties that may have previously arisen. Considering these difficulties, the progress made by most students is good. Importantly, their attitudes to learning improve as they begin to realise they can achieve, and their efforts are appreciated and rewarded. Reintegration rates are good and carefully planned. Coordinated support and encouragement enables most students to positively re-engage with learning and achieve success. Most of the older students make a successful transfer into further education. Challenging targets supported by strategies and guidance are successfully achieved by most students although those whose attendance is poor make less progress. Assessment and progress tracking systems are developing well, although information on students' progress is not analysed sufficiently or used consistently by teachers to further support students' progress and achievement.

Personal development and well-being

Grade: 2

The personal development and well-being of students are good overall. Students say they feel safe and secure and enjoy most of their learning. As one student put it, 'The small groups make it easier to get on and concentrate on your work'. Students appreciate the encouragement and support they receive that helps them to improve their attitudes and reach their personal targets. Students are confident they can talk to an adult if they have any concerns and say they are treated with respect. A small number of students have poor attendance, which affects their overall progress. A number of students show a significant improvement in their attendance from pre-admission figures, and they invariably make good academic and personal progress as a result. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is good as a result of the relevant curriculum, tutor times and everyday social interactions between students and adults. Behaviour is generally good. Students learn to take responsibility for their own behaviour and begin to appreciate the high standards expected of them. There is an excellent sense of community across all the provisions and students voice their opinions with confidence and learn to understand each other's difficulties. Students take part in fund raising and enterprise projects and join a variety of local community and school events. Students take part in work related activities where they gain confidence and acquire essential skills that support their return to school, further study, and future employment. This is as a result of very carefully and effectively planned provision.

Quality of provision

Teaching and learning

Grade: 2

Teaching and learning are good overall enabling students to make good progress. Student behaviour is managed well with clear expectations, enabling positive learning to take place. Teaching groups are small and the excellent relationships and support for individual needs ensures students get the best out of their learning and make good progress towards their individual targets. Regular monitoring has clearly identified where the very best practice is to be found, although it is not yet being shared most effectively across the PRU to ensure a more helpful consistency in approach. Ongoing feedback, encouragement and support ensure students are clear about how they might improve their work in lessons, although National Curriculum levels are not consistently referred to and so guidance over time is less clear. Teachers, learning support assistants and learning mentors work very effectively as a team ensuring activities promote interest and enjoyment, and that effort and achievement are rewarded at every opportunity. Parents particularly appreciate the work of home tutors and the teaching in hospital.

Curriculum and other activities

Grade: 2

The curriculum across all the provisions is good and is constantly under review. The PRU tries to ensure it comes as close as possible to meeting the diverse needs of the current students. It aims to support students' return to school whenever possible and in this respect it is often successful. Students can study for a range of examinations and accredited awards and the PRU is looking to develop the practical and vocational side of learning opportunities. In addition to the core subjects, a wide range of creative and physical activities effectively motivates most students. Students said they appreciated the opportunity to 'catch up' in their chosen studies so as not to be at a disadvantage when they return to school or when preparing for sitting examinations. Personal, social, health and citizenship education and work-related learning fully support students' personal development, particularly in their understanding of the world around them and their awareness of a healthy lifestyle. Learning is very well supported and enhanced by a range of outside providers and visits into the community. The PRU very effectively uses its links with schools and colleges to help develop and deliver learning activities.

Care, guidance and support

Grade: 2

The care, guidance and support of students are good. Staff in all provisions clearly show that they have the best interests of the students at heart. A parent wrote, 'Staff are very friendly and they listen to any concerns or worries we may have making the problem lighter'. There are effective procedures for safeguarding students, which are understood by all staff. Health and safety procedures are monitored and reviewed and supported by appropriate staff training. All provisions very effectively work with external support agencies to ensure that there is a coordinated approach to supporting students' needs. Communication between the PRU and home is excellent and parents greatly appreciate the advice and support they receive. A parent said, 'I feel my ideas and concerns are listened to and acted upon. The information and advice on how to help my son study for his exams was very helpful'. Although students are told how to improve their work in lessons, it is not consistently made clear to them what they specifically have to do to achieve a higher National Curriculum level over time. There are however, regular opportunities for students to set and review their academic and personal development targets.

Leadership and management

Grade: 2

Leadership and management are good. The acting headteacher and senior staff ensure the day-to-day organisation effectively supports the good quality care and education for all students. Staff roles and responsibilities are clear, their work is valued and consequently morale is high across all the provisions. Staff briefings and de-briefings at the start and end of each day ensure there is clear communication and a consistent understanding of what needs to be done. The impact of everyone's work is clearly seen in the good care, guidance and support for students, which in turn leads to their good personal development and academic progress. Home tutoring is efficiently coordinated to ensure students' needs are well met. Likewise the support for children in hospital is meeting an essential need that aids their medical recovery. Students with mental health needs benefit from excellent accommodation, resources and an effectively coordinated multi-agency approach to supporting their needs. The partnership with secondary schools is excellent, and mainstream headteachers and staff appreciate the support and preparation which accompany the point of referral and reintegration. The PRU has had, and is appreciating, support and guidance from external consultants such as the school improvement partner (SIP) and national strategy consultants. Recorded data and student progress information needs to be analysed more rigorously, and used consistently in supporting improved student achievement.

Annex A

Inspection judgements

Key to judgements: grade 1 is outstanding, grade 2 good, grade 3 satisfactory, and grade 4 inadequateSchool 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?1
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 disabilities make progress2
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.
Personal development and well-being
How good is 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
How well learners enjoy their education2
The attendance of learners4
The behaviour of learners2
The extent to which learners make a positive contribution to the community1
How well learners develop workplace and other skills that will contribute to their future economic well-being1
The quality of provision
How effective are teaching and learning in meeting the full range of the 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 education1
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 tackled so that all learners achieve as well as they can1
How effectively and efficiently resources, including staff, are deployed to achieve value for money 2
The extent to which governors and other supervisory boards discharge their responsibilities 2
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

Annex B

Text from letter to pupils explaining the findings of the inspection

21 November 2007

Dear Students

Inspection of Behaviour Support and Tuition Service,London,E13 9NB

I write to let you know our findings after our visit to you this week. A special thanks to those students I spoke to in the meeting room who gave their time to tell me all about their experiences and impressions of the PRU. We agree with you and your parents/carers, the PRU is good and effectively supports your needs so you can make good academic and personal progress. You are aware of the need to take more responsibility for your own behaviour and attitudes and to attend regularly if you are to continue to make good progress. Knowing what you need to do to improve is vital and you need to know what your targets are and what level you are working at, and aspiring to reach. You have an excellent sense of community.

We particularly liked the fact that:

  • relationships are excellent. All staff care, guide and support you very well; they listen and treat you with respect
  • most of you enjoy lessons and increasingly have positive attitudes to learning
  • you know how to be safe and healthy and can talk to adults if you are worried
  • you learn useful skills that prepare you for going back to school or onto college
  • the curriculum is relevant to your individual needs and you are taught well
  • there are excellent links and partnerships with schools, colleges and agencies
  • there are good links with parents and they really appreciate the support and advice they receive from home tutors as do parents of children in hospital
  • the PRU knows how to improve further and has your very best interests at heart.

There are a few things the PRU knows it can improve upon.

  • It can help you to understand the importance of regular attendance.
  • It can make sure that the very best practice in teaching and learning is more consistently delivered across all provisions.
  • It can analyse the information on your progress and ensure it is effectively used in helping you to make even better progress.

We had an enjoyable two days and we wish you all every future success.

Yours faithfully

Mike Smith

Lead Inspector

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