A brief history
Over the last eight years the Quay School, previously known as the Poole Learning Support Service, has gone from being judged ‘special measures’ (Ofsted’s lowest rating) to ‘Outstanding’ (Ofsted’s highest rating); has converted to an academy and also formed a Multi Academy Trust (Delta Education Trust); has sponsored a special school; and has become a National Teaching School.
A more detailed account picks up in 2009 when the former Quay School joined with Rossmore Personalised Learning Centre and became our Short Stay School, delivering innovative outreach and early intervention programmes to meet the needs of young people at risk of exclusion in mainstream schools. In 2010 -11 we opened our therapeutic provision for young people experiencing anxiety as a result of emotional and mental health conditions and in 2011 -2012 we opened our vocational learning centre providing courses leading to industry recognised qualifications with underpinning Literacy and Numeracy skills for young people at risk of exclusion and those who have been permanently excluded from mainstream school. In the same year Pebble Lodge opened, an adolescent psychiatric in-patient unit where we work in partnership with Dorset Healthcare Foundation Trust.
The Quay School converted to Academy status in 2013-14. We then formed a Multi Academies Trust (Delta Education Trust) in 2014 -15 and sponsored Coppice Spring Special School in Hampshire, a rapidly improving school. The Quay School was designated as a National Teaching School in 2015 when the CEO, Jo Perry, was also designated a National Leader in Education (NLE). Our Teaching School is the vehicle for training and developing staff in our schools and working together with our partners to improve the quality of education for all children in Poole.
We aim to provide high-quality education that meets the needs of every pupil, especially the most vulnerable, by blending innovation with existing best practice. We find and develop outstanding staff who are committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure the best possible outcomes for our pupils. We believe that the wellbeing of pupils and staff is key to their successful futures. Our vision can be distilled into three key principles:
Turning Around lives
This approach is at the heart of all we have achieved so far and will continue to guide us as we move forward.