Ark Burlington Danes Academy

Name Ark Burlington Danes Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 02 October 2018
Address Wood Lane, London, W12 0HR
Phone Number 02087354950
Type Academy
Age Range 3-18
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1296 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 13.2
Academy Sponsor Ark Schools
Local Authority Hammersmith and Fulham
Percentage Free School Meals 27.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 34.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes, our last distance offered data is FREE

Information about this school

This inspection is a section 8 deemed section 5 inspection, due to the addition of a new primary phase in 2015. Currently, the primary phase has pupils up to and including Year 3. Ark and the local governing board have recently appointed a new principal and a new executive principal to oversee the all-through school. There is also a new acting principal of the primary phase. The Ark regional director, the Ark director of secondary and the Ark director of primary are supporting these new leadership appointments. The post-16 Ark director is supporting the 16 to 19 programmes of study. In July 2017, the founding principal of the new primary phase died. Following the Grenfell Tower fire, 500 pupils from Kensington Aldridge Academy were taught temporarily on Ark Burlington Danes Academy site. Ark Burlington Danes Academy is an all-through, Church of England school, which is part of the Ark multi-academy trust. Just over half of the pupils are known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which is above the national average. The majority of pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds, which is higher than the national average. Almost half of the pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils who have an education, health and care plan is in line with the national average. A small number of pupils attend alternative provision at Courtyard Alternative Provider, The Childerley Centre and West Thames College. The school met the government’s floor standards in 2017, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Over time, pupils in key stage 4 have not made enough progress, particularly in mathematics, science, humanities and modern foreign languages. Leaders have not analysed effectively enough the progress of groups. The most able and disadvantaged pupils do not do as well as they should. Attendance is too low, particularly that of disadvantaged pupils. Too many pupils are persistently absent from school. Teachers do not use assessment information to plan activities that stimulate and challenge pupils. Consequently, some pupils lose interest in their work and disrupt the learning of others. Pupils’ conduct in the secondary phase is not yet consistently good. Pupils, staff and parents do not have enough opportunities to express their views and contribute to school improvement. The curriculum does not enable pupils to build on their knowledge, skills and understanding. The school has the following strengths The governors and Ark directors have steered the school through a challenging and emotional time. Together with new senior leaders, they have an accurate understanding of what urgently needs improving. They have quickly instigated some changes that are already having a positive impact. The sixth form has recently improved and is now good. Students successfully move on to appropriate destinations. The quality of the provision in the early years and the primary phase is good. Overall, children make good progress. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development has high priority. Diversity is celebrated, and British values promoted well. Safeguarding arrangements are effective and pupils say they feel safe.