|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Requires improvement|
|Inspection Date||10 July 2018|
|Address||100- 102 Broadway, Salford, M50 2UW|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||426 (58% boys 42% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||14.2|
|Academy Sponsor||Aldridge Education|
|Percentage Free School Meals||37.2%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||2.3%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||8.9%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
[email protected] is a 14 to 19 university technical college with a focus on digital and media skills. It opened in September 2015. The college is owned by Creative Industries UTC which is a stand-alone academy trust. The college is sponsored by three partners: Aldridge Education, The Lowry and the University of Salford. The governing body comprises representative trustees of each of the sponsors. The college is in the process of incorporating into the Aldridge Education Multi-Academy Trust. The college is smaller than average and provides education for pupils in key stages 4 and 5. Pupils join the college in Year 10 or in Year 12 for the sixth form. There has been considerable change in staffing and senior leadership since the college opened. The current principal was appointed as interim principal in October 2017 and made substantive principal in May 2018. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is much lower than the national average, as is the proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for support through the pupil premium is broadly average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is below the national average. The proportion of pupils who have a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan is above the national average. In 2017, the college did not meet the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ progress and attainment by the end of key stage 4. In 2017, the college did not meet the government’s minimum standard value for post-16 academic courses, which sets the minimum expectation for students’ progress on A-level courses. The college has used alternative provision with Make a Pathway, but no pupils were accessing alternative provision at the time of the inspection.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a school that requires improvement The college has experienced turbulence in staffing and leadership which has led to inconsistency in teaching. As a result, pupils’ progress is not good. Some teachers do not plan well for the different abilities of pupils in their classes. Pupils, including the most able, are not sufficiently challenged to enable them to make the progress of which they are capable. Some teachers do not have high enough expectations of what pupils can achieve, and do not manage pupils’ behaviour consistently well. As a result, some pupils disrupt the learning of others. Teachers have not developed pupils’ basic literacy skills sufficiently well. This hinders pupils’ progress in other subjects. Leaders do not set high enough targets for some pupils in GCSE subjects. Disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities make variable progress across the college. Pupils’ attendance is improving but is still too low. In the sixth form, leaders do not monitor students’ progress with enough rigour to show how well students are doing, or to identify those in need of additional support. The quality of teaching in the sixth form is too variable. Students’ progress in academic subjects in the sixth form does not match the better progress seen on vocational programmes. The school has the following strengths The new principal, well supported by her senior leaders, has set the college firmly on a road to recovery. Leaders have an accurate view of the college’s strengths and weaknesses. Staff morale is high. The curriculum has been redesigned to ensure that it meets the needs and interests of pupils so that they can make better progress. Pupils feel safe and well cared for. Leaders promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well. Teaching, learning and assessment in media and film are a strength of the sixth form. The vast majority of pupils go on to appropriate education, employment or training.