Latest Ofsted Inspection for Essex Fresh Start Independent School

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Click here to read the EFS Ofsted report, January 2019.

An Ofsted inspection held from 15th – 17th January 2019 judged Essex Fresh Start Independent School as Good under their new January 2019 framework. We are extremely pleased with the outcome which is the result of the hard work and dedication of the whole school team.

We are proud that Ofsted recognised that the senior leaders and governing body had taken swift action to address the independent school standards. Ofsted Inspectors commented on positive changes through the good opportunities for pupils to make choices and decisions for themselves as well as changes to the premises.

Our pupils’ voices were also heard during the inspection, with pupils telling inspectors that “they felt listened to, safe and well cared for”. Staff stated that they have confidence in leaders and appreciate the frequent training they receive to enhance their safeguarding knowledge and their teaching skills. Placing authorities and alternative providers stated that leaders and teaching staff have a positive impact on pupils’ attitudes to school. And most parents believe that their children are safe and well looked after.

Below are just a few of the positive comments made by Ofsted about our school;

‘The school provides a safe environment. Governors and leaders have established thorough procedures and oversight for safeguarding, personal development and the well-being of pupils’

’Teachers know their pupils well and have a secure understanding of their needs. This, combined with strong relationships built on mutual

trust and respect, is ensuring that pupils make good progress from their different starting points’.

‘Under the care and support of staff, pupils develop self-confidence and take pride in their work. Pupils learn to understand their own emotions and improve their personal and social skills through the programme of therapy and support sessions they attend’.

‘The staff work tirelessly to respond to learning styles and interests of individual pupils in a sensitive and patient manner. They respond flexibly and appropriately to pupils changing needs, by making suitable adaptations to the curriculum.’

‘The provision for pupils spiritual, moral social and cultural development is good’ 

‘The Staff place their trust in pupils, for example, not having internal locked doors and allowing pupils to leave the classroom, to have time to reflect, as part of their behaviour plans.  The helps pupils’ to raise self-esteem and morale’