Institution Type: Pupil Referral Unit
Age Range: 10 - 17
Religious Character: Does not apply.
Pupils on Roll: 19 Boys: 5 Girls: 14
Head: Mrs Amanda Rosewell
Tel: 01277 233588
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Dark Lane Great WarleyBrentwood, ESS, CM14 5LL
United Kingdom51° 36' 1.4292" N, 0° 16' 38.3952" E
Local Authority: Essex
Parliamentary Constituency: Brentwood and Ongar
Ofsted school description
Leverton Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) provides residential care and education for the needs of vulnerable pupils on three sites, Leverton Hall - a secure unit, and Leverton House and Chestnuts, both short term crisis assessment centres. All three sites were designated by the local authority (LA) as a single pupil referral unit in January 2006, although recognition as such by the DfES (Department for Education and Skills) was not obtained until 5 June 2007. Leverton Hall Secure Unit was inspected by HMI in February 2007 and therefore has not been inspected on this occasion. As a result, this inspection focuses on Leverton House and Chestnuts, which have not previously been inspected. The head of education has responsibility, as headteacher for the three sites. Pupils are drawn from all over Essex. All pupils are looked after by the LA. There are currently eight pupils in Leverton House and seven in Chestnuts. Their average length of stay is four months. This short length of stay has a negative impact on the level and rate of progress that can be achieved across personal and social development. Most pupils have had major disruption to their education and many have experienced trauma in their personal lives. Consequently, they have disengaged with learning when they first arrive at the PRU. A few pupils have a statement of special educational need arising mainly from behavioural, emotional and/or social difficulties. Nearly all pupils are of white British background and very few are from minority ethnic groups. Prior to February 2007, Leverton House and Chestnuts experienced considerable staffing difficulties, which the head of education has worked hard to overcome.