Behaviour, motivation and attendance is spiralling upwards among young people from Progress Schools in Northampton.
In its first Ofsted report, the school – whose learners are disengaged from education or who are at risk of exclusion because of behavioural difficulties or non-attendance – has received ratings of Good in all its key inspection areas.
Ofsted inspector David Young said: “The school has a positive impact on the personal development of pupils, the great majority of whom demonstrate strong improvements in their behaviour, motivation and attendance.
“Almost all pupils achieve external qualifications in English and mathematics and are prepared appropriately to move on to further education and employment.”
Reluctant learners, says the report, are encouraged effectively to engage in learning and to achieve valuable qualifications.
Pupils learn to take increasing responsibility for their actions and to appreciate the opportunity to study for qualifications that will help them move on successfully to further education and employment. They recognise the progress that they make in developing more mature and co-operative behaviour and appreciate the personal attention and advice received from staff.
Mostly, they value the small size of the school and the extent to which they believe staff understand them.
Overall, the report points out, the school is a coherent, supportive community, the behaviour of the students is good and those who have been disaffected and reluctant learners, develop positive attitudes to learning.
Pupils mostly enter the school with gaps in their learning and levels of attainment below the average for their age. However, the majority make good progress from their starting points and achieve qualifications appropriate for their future careers.