St Helens private school criticised by inspectors

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  • Tower College criticised in a number of areas
  • Fees at the school ranges from £5,640 to £6,786
  • Principal insists all issues raised by the report have now been addressed

A private St Helens school has been told it needs to make urgent improvements following an emergency inspection which found a number of failings.

Rainhill’s Tower College, which has around 400 pupils, was found to have breached regulations surrounding safeguarding, behaviour, and complaints handling, according to the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) findings.

If the ISI had believed that we were not protecting our children, then it would have shut the college down

Principal Rachel Oxley

The findings were uncovered following an unannounced emergency visit at the request of the Department for Education after concerns were raised.

The watchdog has since ordered the school to update its health and safety guidelines, that there must be a clear documentation of complaints and safeguard training as well as a new risk assessment policy.

However, the school did receive praise in a number of areas, including how well it handled bullying.

Principal Rachel Oxley said: “Although ISI’s report highlighted many positive aspects of the school’s policies, it did find that some were out of date.

“For the avoidance of doubt, ISI did not find that the health and safety of pupils had been put at risk.

“If the ISI had believed that we were not protecting our children, then it would have shut the college down.

“We take our duties to our pupils seriously and we are confident that we have met all of the action points highlighted by the ISI report.

“All relevant policies have now been signed off by the college’s governing body and have been submitted to the Department for Education. We await the Department for Education’s response.”

Fees at the school range from £325 to £2,262 per term.