Policies and Key Information

Policies and Key Information

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It is important to us that parents understand all school policies that influence how Charlton House Independent School is run. This is important not only from the perspective of full transparency, but also to enable parents to appreciate the school’s ethos and to inform parents of the necessary steps that need to be followed in any number of scenarios.

It is our belief that all parents should have access to all school policies without having to request copies thereof. You will find below a list of our school policies. If a policy document you are looking for is not available to download from a list below, please contact the School Office in the first instance directly on 02380 671739 or alternatively by email at admin@charltonhouseindependentschool.co.uk

  1. Accessibility Plan;
  2. Administration of Medicines Policy;
  3. Admissions Policy;
  4. Anti-Bullying Policy;
  5. Behaviour Policy;
  6. Child Protection Policy;
  7. Children with health needs who cannot attend school policy;
  8. Code of Conduct Safe Working Practice;
  9. Complaints Procedure;
  10. Covid Risk Assessment September 2021;
  11. Curriculum Policy;
  12. Data Protection Policy;
  13. Draft RSE Policy;
  14. First Aid Policy;
  15. Health & Safety Policy;
  16. NQT Induction Policy;
  17. Privacy Notice;
  18. Risk Assessment Policy;
  19. Safeguarding Policy;
  20. SEND Policy and Information Report;
  21. Single Equality Statement;
  22. Social Media Policy;

Inspection reports

From 2007 until 2018, Charlton House Independent School (previously St. Mary’s College) were assessed as being ‘good’ by OFSTED. However, in December 2019 OFSTED visited and inspected St. Mary’s Independent School. The report can be found here: https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/27/116567

Following the December 2019 report, St. Mary’s Independent School Limited appointed Administrators and ceased being the proprietor of an operational school. Despite the criticism levelled at certain aspects of the (then) through-school, OFSTED praised many positive aspects of the well-renowned and reputable primary departments with ‘Early Years’ receiving a ‘good’ assessment;

In lower year groups, pupils are upbeat about the education they receive. They told inspectors how happy they are and how much they enjoy their learning”;

 Because teachers expect the best from younger pupils, they try hard and are keen to succeed.”

 “Younger pupils are inspired by the knowledge that their teachers share with them.”

 “Teachers and leaders have developed early reading well. Leaders with expertise have trained staff in how to teach phonics. Staff keep careful tabs on any pupils who are falling behind and step in to help them to catch up. They are rightly in the process of matching the books pupils read at home more closely to their phonic capabilities. As pupils move into key stage 2, they explore themes and characters in the rich, whole texts they read.”

“Early years is effective. Children make a good start and settle well into routines. Teachers and assistants ensure that children build up their knowledge and skills in reading, writing and mathematics. They thoughtfully introduce pupils to new vocabulary, which adults in the setting practise with them. As a result, children can confidently use new words in different situations. The school meets the requirements of the early years framework.”

Therefore, in August 2020 a team of Alumni, professional volunteers and the Brothers of Christian Instruction (the De La Mennais Brothers) set to task to incorporate a new proprietor, Charlton House School Limited, with a view to initially re-opening the primary provision and with the vision of one day re-opening a full through school. However, in doing so (and due to the time constraints faced ahead of the new academic year), Charlton House Independent School was forced to carry forward the OFSTED assessment for the previous proprietor, St. Mary’s Independent School.

Upon OFSTED revisiting and re-assessing the school next for a full inspection, we sincerely hope that Charlton House Independent School will receive the rating we believe it deserves. We will keep this page updated and maintained following all inspections.