CAPS realize that some schools are not yet aware of how independent schools are monitored. Like many academies and maintained schools we are monitored by the DfE and Ofsted.
To reassure commissioning schools, all independent schools including Alternative Provisions, not only must be registered with both the DfE and Ofsted prior to accepting any students but must undergo a rigorous application procedure including submitting of detailed schemes of work, policies and systems of protocols with particular reference to pupil progress, tracking and safeguarding and undergo a rigorous inspection of both building and documentation including employment of suitable staff. (Ofsted Independent School Standards August 2016)
This is why we, at CAPS ensure our commissioning schools have the relevant data required but also to ensure that their students will progress under our care and teaching, thus improving the tracking for these students.
Another issue CAPS has found was the need of a clear definition of the ‘types’ of students APs take. Whilst we can’t define any others intake we at CAPS are willing to take students aged from 11 to 16 with SEMH, students with an EHCP, students who display disruption within the classroom setting, Children Missing in Education, School Refusers and students struggling to behave appropriately within a mainstream setting.
Just as our mainstream counterparts are scrutinized, so are we. All documentation to support this can be found on the DfE website or, alternatively, you can contact CAPS and we can provide you with the documentation either electronically or hard copy.
As part of CAPS alternative therapy programme we offer to our pupils, our provision includes:
Boxing, Fitness, Strength and Resistance Training (a physical alternative to anger management), on the 1st floor of our building, including shower facilities.
Judo and Meditation taught as de-escalation discipline, by Georgi Georgiev, a British Olympic Judo Team Instructor (London Olympics 2012) on the 2nd floor of our building, including shower facilities.
Therapeutic, Meditational and Fitness Yoga.
Contemporary, Urban and Street Dance classes.
Swimming lessons and swimming therapy.
Congleton Park provides us our open green space areas for outdoor PE activities to take place.
CAPS operate a ‘Horticultural Community Outreach Project’ that is linked to our local parish to improve the green areas of Congleton, Macclesfield and surrounding areas of Cheshire East.
CAPS operates a ‘Motor Vehicle Technology Project’ where students have the opportunity to learn how to strip and rebuild a vintage ‘café racer’ motorbike. Leading to displaying the ‘CAPS café racer’ at classic motorbike shows within the borough so students are able to experience the appreciation of their hard work by enthusiasts and professionals alike.