Inspired Directions School
The Inspired Directions School offers alternative provision for high-needs learners struggling to access mainstream education. Established by the charity Inspire! in 2008, we achieved independent school status in 2014. The school provides full-time or part-time alternative education for young people aged 13 – 16 in Hackney.
We value individuality, collectivism and progression. Our approach is based around the personality, interests and needs of each young person. We have therefore designed a broad, flexible curriculum to meet a range of learning needs. Each learner has a personalised timetable, with opportunities to take part in a range of offsite projects.
The school provides a small, supportive community for young people, helping them to gain confidence and achieve along their chosen pathways.
We ensure that all our graduates have a meaningful destination to move on to, whether further education, training or employment. We continue to support young people after leaving the school, and offer ongoing opportunities at Inspire!.
The Inspired Directions School is located near Dalston Junction in Hackney. Download the Inspired Directions School Prospectus to find out more.
Who are we for?
What do we offer?
What is our admissions policy?
Quality assurance & results
We provide for vulnerable young people with complex educational needs, who often have multi-agency involvement. This include those who have been excluded from mainstream school or other pupil referral units, pupils with an EHC plan (Education, Health and Care plan), and school refusers.
We work closely with schools, parent agencies and professionals to meet the needs described in existing EHC plans, as well as in our own initial assessment process. This approach meets the new SEN (Special Educational Needs) code of practice, which places young people at the centre of the planning process.
Our school day runs from 09.00 – 15.00, Monday to Friday during school term times. We provide the following:
- Qualifications: We offer Functional Skills in English and Maths; BTEC Science courses; Arts Awards; NOCN and AQA Units. From 2018, we will be offering GCSEs in English and Maths. Every young person will leave with a set of accreditations appropriate to their level and progression pathway.
- Core Academic: All learners receive specialist tuition from qualified teachers towards accreditation in English, Maths and ICT. Additionally, we include short courses in History, Georgraphy, Science, MFL and RE within our programme.
- Creativity: We emphasise creative expression. This includes weekly art and music lessons, and theatre and film projects with community partners. These projects help students to develop their own voice and confidence through expressing themselves creatively.
- Personal and social development: This includes one-to-one support from outside agencies and internal mentors. We provide sessions in key areas, including Drugs and Sex and Relationships Education, as part of our core programme.
- Work-Related Learning: We are part of education charity Inspire!, who provide young people with experience and understanding of work. Because of this, we are able to offer work experience, enterprise projects and vocational learning opportunities to our students.
- Healthy living: We offer a free lunch and breakfast club for all pupils, weekly PE sessions, and lessons in health and personal care.
- Projects: Inspire! has an extensive network of business and community partners. Through this, we provide projects including film-making, music production, construction, fashion and bike maintenance.
- Enrichment: We offer an extra-curricular enrichment programme including writing, film and music clubs. We seek to organise additional activities in response to areas of interest suggested by our learners.
Admission Policy and Referrals
The Inspired Directions School has an admission number of 30 students, aged from 13-16 years old. Referrals to the Inspired Directions School are made predominantly through schools, local authorities, and Pupil Referral Units.
Referrals are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, assessing the suitability of our provision for the young person’s needs. Admissions are based upon:
- Information received from commissioning organisations and external agencies, including details of EHC plans
- An initial interview with the young person and their parent/carer
- An induction period of 2 weeks
If we and the referring body are satisfied that we can adequately support the young person, they will be admitted to the school.
Referrals are accepted at any point during the academic year if we have places available.
The Inspired Directions School was awarded independent school status by the Department for Education in June 2014. Our latest Ofsted Report in 2018 received an overall rating of ‘Good’. Ofsted Reports can be downloaded below.
In June 2016 we received an external inspection from the North London Children’s Efficiency Programme (NLCEP) who also awarded us an overall grade of ‘Good’. Download a copy of the final report here.
Results and Progression
Out of our 2016-2017 cohort, 100% of our students who sat a Functional Skills exam achieved at least one full Qualification in Functional Skills English, Functional Skills Maths or ICT.
In total, 33 Functional Skills full qualifications were gained in Maths, English and ICT for the academic year 2016-2017.
Download the Inspired Directions School’s policies below:
- Anti-Bullying Policy
- Assessment Recording and Monitoring Policy
- Complaints Policy & Procedures
- Curriculum Policy
- First Aid and Medication Policy
- Management of Allegations of Abuse
- Student Behaviour Policy
- SEN Policy and Guidance
- Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
You can access Inspire!’s company-wide policies here.
Autumn Term 2018
- Start – Monday 3 September 2018
- Half Term – Monday 22 – Friday 26 October 2018
- End – Friday 21 December 2018
Spring Term 2019
- Start – Monday 7 January 2019
- Half Term – Monday 18 – Friday 22 February 2019
- End – Friday 5 April 2019
Summer Term 2019
- Start – Tuesday 23 April 2019
- Half Term – Monday 27 – Friday 31 May 2019
- End – Tuesday 23 July 2019
Please contact the school Operations Director, Kaz Birk, for more information and referrals.