The Academy was inspected for two days on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15th May 2014. The team of Inspectors identified the following strengths:
- Achievement and teaching are improving in the main Academy and the Sixth Form, particularly in English and Mathematics.
- Teaching is good and sometimes better in some subjects, including Humanities and Design Technology.
- Students feel safe at the Academy and they have a good understanding of safety-related issues.
- The difference in the achievement of students who are eligible for support through the pupil premium is getting closer to that of other students.
- The Sixth Form curriculum has been suitably revised to meet the requirements of the 16-19 Study Programme.
- Relationships between staff and students are good.
We would like to remind parents that in 2013 the Academy achieved its best ever results with 75% achieving 5 or more A*-C GCSEs and its best ever sixth form results with a 97% overall pass rate with 94% of students gaining 2 or more A levels.
They also identified the following areas for development:
- Students do not make consistently good progress across subjects and year groups.
- The progress that disabled students and those who have special educational needs make varies too much.
- Boys achieve less well than girls because teachers do not always help them to develop their reading and writing skills.
- Sometimes Teachers set work which is too easy or too hard.
- Teachers’ marking does not always help students to improve their work.
- Some students do not always show good attitudes to learning.
- Some students in the Sixth Form do not attend regularly enough.
- Leaders have not ensured that teaching and achievement are good or better because they do not always check these thoroughly enough.
- Governors do not challenge the Academy as well as they should.
The overall grading that Ofsted awarded the Academy is – Grade 3 Requires improvement. The Ofsted definition of this is that it is a school that is not yet good and the Academy will therefore receive a full inspection within 24 months. The Ofsted team stated that the Academy had the systems, procedures and protocols in place to make it a good or better school well within this time limit.
At present the Academy is compiling an action plan to further address the development points identified. This work has already begun and will be progressed as a matter of urgency.
The full report is available via the Academy website from Monday 9 June 2014. If you are unable to access the internet, copies are available from the Academy’s Reception.
Ofsted HBEC Report May 2014