All Saints Academy Dunstable

Name All Saints Academy Dunstable
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 23 May 2019
Address Houghton Road, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU5 5AB
Phone Number 01582619700
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 689 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.5
Academy Sponsor Diocese Of St Albans
Local Authority Central Bedfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 19.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 11.6%
Persisitent Absence 22.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

All Saints Academy is a smaller-than-average-sized school. It converted from an upper school to an 11–18 school in 2013. The school became an academy in 2009 and is co-sponsored by the University of Bedfordshire and the Diocese of St Albans. The governing body of the school is made up of five sponsor governors, two co-sponsor governors, one staff and two parent governors. Most pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is above the national average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is above the national average. The school uses the alternative provider, The Academy of Central Bedfordshire, to provide alternative provision for a small number of pupils. The school has a small sixth form.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Leaders have successfully made changes and improvements since the previous inspection. However, inspection evidence does not support leaders’ view that provision overall is now good Although standards at All Saints Academy are improving, pupils are not yet making good progress in key subjects. The quality of teaching, learning and assessment varies too widely. While some teaching is strong, too much is not. Too much teaching fails to interest pupils. This leads to some pupils disrupting lessons and pupils not showing positive attitudes to learning Although pupils often behave well, there is more inappropriate behaviour than there should be in lessons and around the school. Attendance overall is too low, and persistent absence is too high. Attendance of disadvantaged pupils and pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) has not improved quickly enough. Leaders are overgenerous in their evaluation of the school’s progress. Middle leaders are not yet having a strong impact on raising the quality of teaching in their subject area. The school has the following strengths Leaders are passionate about ensuring that pupils benefit from opportunities to develop well socially and academically. Pupils say that they are well cared for. Relationships with adults are strong. Pupils benefit from helpful careers information, advice and guidance and so are well informed about the next steps in their lives. Leaders’ actions to reduce fixed-period exclusions are effective. Students in the sixth form are making better progress than their predecessors. They are well cared for and supported to make the right choices. The number of students staying on into Year 13 has improved significantly. Governors are increasingly effective in their roles. They hold school leaders to account well. Pupils’ understanding of British values is well developed through the house system.