|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||11 May 2016|
|Address||Mereway, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN4 8BU|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||1271 (50% boys 50% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||14.8|
|Academy Sponsor||Creative Education Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||11.5%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||24.2%|
Information about this school
This school is larger than the average-sized secondary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is similar to the national average. The large majority of pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs or disability is lower than the national average. There are 11 pupils who receive part of their education at a variety of settings including Northampton Schools Tutorial Centre, Rushmere Academy, Moulton College, Overleys and work experience. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for the attainment and progress of pupils by the end of year 11.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school Pupils are making good progress across many subjects and across all year groups. Leaders and managers have worked with determination and increasing effectiveness. School improvement has been rapid. Teachers with responsibility for subjects and pupil care show a good understanding of how well pupils and groups of pupils are doing. Examination results are improving. Governors have a good understanding of the school’s strengths and areas for improvement. Teaching has improved strongly since the last inspection. Good teaching is enabling pupils to make good progress. Pupils behave well in lessons, around the school site and at breaktimes. Pupils are proud of their school and are keen to do well. They value the good range of extra-curricular opportunities the school provides. Pupils say that they feel safe at school. They are punctual to school and lessons. Relationships between staff and pupils are good. Values of tolerance and respect are a core part of the school’s ethos. Safeguarding is a strength of the school. The sixth form is now good. Leaders have improved teaching and standards are rising. The curriculum provides good opportunities for pupils to be successful and make progress after they leave school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Standards in science are not yet high enough across all year groups. Some groups of pupils do not attend school often enough and therefore do not access the good provision. The school’s strategy for closing the gaps in the performance of disadvantaged pupils is not yet fully embedded.