What the inspectors say…

Ofsted last visited the school on 21-22 April 2016; under section5 of the education act overall effectiveness was graded as good.

  • Effectiveness of leadership and management – GOOD
  • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment – GOOD
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare – GOOD
  • Outcomes of pupils – GOOD
  • 16 to 19 study programmes – GOOD

Areas of Strength

  • Leaders have improved all aspects of the school since the last inspection. They have a good understanding of what is working well, and where further improvement is needed.
  • The school is calm and orderly.
  • Teaching has improved since the last inspection and pupils benefit from helpful feedback on how to improve their work.
  • Pupils spoken to, say they receive good information about careers, feel safe and know how to stay healthy.
  • Pupils have the opportunity to study a good range of subjects. Many participate in additional clubs, activities and trips.
  • Sixth form students have achieved results consistently in vocational subjects and performance in A level subjects have improved strongly.
  • Pupils have achieved GCSE results that match national results. Across different year groups, their achievement is improving in the large majority of subjects.

The academy is not yet outstanding because

  • We need to improve the progress and attendance of some disadvantaged students.
  • We need to improve the proportion of students achieving the highest grades.
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