What Matters to you?

SurveyCover-colourIn February 2015, West Sussex County Council will set its budget for the forthcoming year. To ensure their budget reflects what is important to the 800,000 residents that they work for and provide services to, they have launched a county-wide consultation called ‘What Matters To You?’. If you live in West Sussex, you are invited to give your views and help to shape the 2015/16 budget. They’re asking what matters most to you when it comes to the services that you want your council tax spent on? And how much council tax are you willing to pay to fund them? You can find out more about at http://westsussex.gov.uk/whatmatters or complete the survey at http://surveymonkey.com/s/whatmatterswestsussex




Ofsted Rate West Sussex Alternative Provision Centre as ‘Good’

Following the two day Ofsted inspection on 8th and 9th July, we have great pleasure in announcing that our college has been rated as ‘Good’ overall.  This is an excellent result to build upon and further develop what we believe will ultimately become an excellent provision.
Inspectors observed 17 lessons, met with students, teachers, senior leaders, the governing body and representatives from the local authority and the final report published on 4th September said WSAPC is a good school where the needs of individual pupils are considered effectively.  It reports:
‘teaching is good. The work given to pupils takes good account of what they already know and can do. This supports their re-engagement with education well.’
‘pupils make good progress at the college. This includes more able pupils as well as those who have a home-based or virtual learning programme. Pupils of all ages typically learn at a good pace in a range of subjects. Some pupils make outstanding progress in lessons and over time’, and ‘those pupils who successfully return to mainstream schools are well prepared to continue their studies.’
The Co-Head Teachers, Sheila Carroll and Doug Thomas, are extremely pleased to receive a good report after just one year and stated:
“The comments of the inspection team make very pleasant reading and reflect the excellent commitment and teamwork that is embedded in all centres in order to maximize the outcomes for our students.”
“Congratulations and thanks go to all staff and students who made this GOOD judgment possible.”
The full OFSTED report can be accessed by clicking here (Ofsted Inspection 2014).
Should you wish to comment on the report, please do so via our contact page.

Head of Centre Visits New York


Our Head of Centre for Crawley, Mr McConnell, Visits New York

The ESU Walter Hines-Page Scholarship

Every year scholarships sponsored by the English-Speaking Union and NASUWT are awarded to teachers from the United Kingdom to research an area of education in the United States or Canada. Most travel, accommodation and living expenses during the tour are covered by the award.

In April 2013 after application and interview I was chosen as one of the NASUWT teachers to undertake this scholarship. My research proposal was to compare the experiences of young people excluded from mainstream education in West Sussex with the New York State Department of Education. I spent 3 weeks experiencing schools in New York and talking to teachers, politicians and young people all over New York City. I am currently writing my full report… watch this space.