Progress Schools High Wycombe, which was inspected in May 2022, was praised for its ‘meticulously crafted curriculum’ which ‘changes lives through the power of education.’
Since opening its doors in 2015, the school on Land End Road has provided alternative education provision to young people with challenging behaviour, students at risk of permanent exclusion, and those with special educational needs.
There are currently ten pupils enrolled at the Buckinghamshire-based school, all of which attend full-time. Following on from its previous ‘Good’ Ofsted inspection in June 2017, Progress School has consistently demonstrated the vital role alternative education plays in supporting some of the most vulnerable young people in society.
Four areas of the school were inspected in May. These are ‘quality of education’, ‘behaviour and attitudes’, ‘personal development’ and ‘leadership and management’ all of which were rated ‘good’, giving an overall ‘good’ rating.
The report states: ‘Progress Schools is a place of kindness, inclusion and support.’
‘Staff skilfully foster pupils’ self-confidence and self-esteem. They take the time, and the care, to get to know pupils and help them re-engage with learning.’
‘At Progress School, all pupils receive personalised learning support and high-quality independent careers guidance and advice. Many pupils leave with appropriate qualifications which set them on the path for future success.’
Progress Schools interim managing director, Charlotte Barton said: “I am extremely proud of the students, staff team and I am so pleased the hard work from all involved has been recognised by OFSTED.
“The challenges faced by some of the young people who attend alternative provision can make the prospect of going to school daunting.
“In High Wycombe, the supportive environment fostered by all staff, ensures our students feel accepted, encouraged, and empowered to achieve everything they are capable of. We will always strive to give them hope for their future aspirations.”
Inspectors observed lessons, reviewed students’ work, and spoke to students, parents, teachers, and leaders. According to the report, ‘There are no limits to what leaders and staff believe their pupils can dream and achieve.’
Earlier this year, Progress Schools published a Social Impact Report highlighting the positive impact provision had on students.
From 2019 – 2021, Progress Schools reported social value generation of £15,630,015. During this period 625 students were enrolled across 11 sites throughout England.
The students enrolled comprised a diverse group of young people including 64 students who required Special Educational Needs Support.
Tailored support provided by Progress Schools helped 78% of the year 11 leavers progress into positive destinations. Despite their circumstances, students were able to complete their education and successfully transition into the next stage of their lives.
Full Ofsted report available here.