Ofsted Inspection Report : December 2015
Ofsted Inspection - December 2015
The full text of our most event visit from Ofsted can be found at the link above.
The key points made in this document are summarised below:
- This academy has been transformed since the last inspection.
- There is an energy and enthusiasm to make sure that learning is fun.
- Pupils are proud of their House and their academy.
- Pupils wear their uniform with pride. Importantly, they are proud of their House tie and what this represents.
- Leaders have created an awe-inspiring learning environment within which pupils flourish.
- Pupils said that they feel safe within the academy.
- High-quality professional development is in place and the system of monitoring teaching quality is extensive.
- Increasingly, the right people are in place to make sure that the further improvement required happens quickly.
- Leaders evaluate the impact of catch-up funding and all pupils entitled to this additional support have made accelerated progress.
- Since the last inspection, leaders have been highly successful in making sure that the expectations of what can be achieved by all pupils is high.
- Pupils are prepared well for life in modern Britain.
- The learning environment is exceptional and promotes the well-being and pride of all pupils and staff.
- Pupils receive effective guidance when they make their GCSE choices and support is offered to broaden their knowledge and experience of future employment, education and training.
- There is a strong culture of professional development in the academy.
- Subject and house leaders are committed to ensuring that the academy continues to improve at a fast pace.
- Effective strategies are used to help challenge pupils, including asking high-quality questions that make the pupils really think.
- Pupils take pride in their work; this can be seen in their books and the care taken with presentation.
- Pupils said they value the positive relationships teachers develop in the classroom and around the academy.
- Pupils said that the house system is particularly effective in providing a sense of belonging and providing the opportunities for leadership and responsibility.
- Anti-bullying ambassadors work effectively with leaders to prevent bullying.
- Rewards are used well to encourage good behaviour and attitude.
- Pupils have a strong sense of democracy and fairness and are totally committed to the “KBA” ethos.
- Pupils are punctual to lessons, settle quickly and are soon prepared for action.
- Leaders within the sixth form set high expectation for learners.
- More learners are applying and accepting places at universities, including Russell Group universities.
- Disadvantaged learners achieve well and progress to university, higher education or training.