Black Country Wheels School

Units 3 & 4
Gainsborough Trading Estate
Rufford Road
West Midlands

Head:  Mrs J Lear

Telephone: 01215223717

Pupils: 25

Gender: Mixed

Ages: 14 to 16

Type: Other independent school

Boarding: No

Religion: None

School Description by Ofsted

Black Country Wheels
Units 3 & 4, Gainsborough Trading Estate, Rufford Road, Stourbridge, DY9 7ND

Inspection dates
22 October 2013

Context of the inspection
This inspection was undertaken at the request of the registration authority for independent
schools in order to monitor the progress the school has made in implementing its action
plan. The school's last full last inspection was on 2 October 2012. A material change
inspection visit was made on 7 June 2013 in response to the school's application to
increase the number of students on roll and to move to new premises. That visit found
that the school did not meet a small number of regulations. The action plan submitted by
the school to remedy the situation was accepted in August 2013.

Summary of the progress made in
implementing the action plan

Good progress

At the time of the material change inspection visit in June 2013, the school was clearly
focused on developing and documenting the curriculum for new subjects to be taught.
There was, however, too little actual written planning in place for these new subjects. The
school's planned actions to remedy the situation have resulted in a curriculum policy which
includes all aspects of the taught curriculum. Suitable schemes of work for all subjects are
now in place, which link into Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network
(ASDAN) courses and qualifications. The school is developing further schemes of work to
enable students to study towards GCSE qualifications in English and mathematics.

Staff at the school know students very well and they use this information to provide a
relevant and appropriate curriculum. For example, more able students are now following a
GSCE route for English and mathematics.

At the time of the material change visit, the school had yet to engage suitably qualified
staff to teach new subjects in the planned curriculum. Staff are now suitably trained and
qualified to teach all the subjects in the extended curriculum. Students in their turn also
demonstrate good subject knowledge. For example, they confidently discussed how to
render a wall. The extended curriculum meets the needs of the learners well and this
supports their good progress. Lessons are monitored by the headteacher to gain a view of
the quality of teaching.

The material change visit of June 2013 found that the school did not have all the resources
in place to teach the new subjects it had introduced into the curriculum. Significant
investment has since been made to ensure all the required equipment is in place. The
school has created a new computer suite. Ten new computers have been purchased and
all students access this facility on a regular basis. Interactive whiteboards have been
purchased which are used for the teaching of functional skills, while new textbooks now
support the delivery of the curriculum well. A national building company sponsors the
school by supplying tools and materials. This equipment provides a valuable resource to

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