Ark John Keats Academy

Name Ark John Keats Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Bell Lane, London, EN3 5PA
Phone Number 02084433113
Type Academy
Age Range 3-19
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1613 (48.7% boys 51.3% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.4
Academy Sponsor Ark Schools
Local Authority Enfield
Percentage Free School Meals 30.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 46%
Persisitent Absence 15.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 5.5%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (28 April 2015)
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Information about this school

The academy opened in September 2013, with 27 pupils starting in Reception. The first cohort now includes 57 pupils in Year 1, 60 in Reception and 138 pupils in Year 7. In September 2015, the academy will open a 50-place nursery and the primary phase will increase to three forms of entry. The academy will add new year groups each year until it enrols all year groups from nursery through to the sixth form. The academy provides full-time provision for 127 children in Reception. Children in Reception and primary attend the academy from 8.30am to 4.00pm, and pupils in the secondary phase attend from 8.30am to 4.30pm. The school serves a diverse community. The largest ethnic groups are pupils from White British heritage, other Black African heritage, Turkish heritage, Caribbean heritage, White Eastern European heritage, and White and Black African heritage. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is well below average. The proportion of pupils eligible for the additional government funding provided for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals or looked after by the local authority is high. A high proportion of pupils are known to speak English as an additional language. The academy is built on the site of two previous schools and is currently undergoing extensive refurbishment. The academy has a phased building programme; the primary phase is completed and a small section of specialist rooms is used in the secondary building. The refurbishment is expected to be completed in August 2015. The academy is sponsored by Ark (Absolute Return for Kids) and was opened because of the shortage of primary school places in the local community and the expected shortage of secondary places at secondary level in future years. All key appointments to senior positions have been made. Further appointments will be made to the senior team and other teaching and non-teaching staff as the number of pupils on roll increases. As a new academy with the first cohorts at the beginning of Key Stages 1 and 3, it is too early to report on the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in the national tests and GCSE examinations.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. The exemplary leadership and high aspirations of the Principal and head of the primary school have contributed to the academy establishing outstanding teaching practices. All leaders including governors, and the Ark Schools board and central team, provide excellent support and challenge. Behaviour and the academy’s work to keep pupils safety are outstanding. Pupils respect staff, and have deep, trusting working relationships with them. Children and pupils succeed very well. They and their parents believe in the academy’s values (KEATS)1, and as a result, children and pupils have very good self-discipline. The quality of teaching is outstanding. Teachers are highly effective in using what the academy defines as the ‘key pillars’ of teaching. For example, there is emphasis on depth before breadth to develop pupils’ mastery of skills. The academy’s systems for assessing and monitoring attainment and progress are exemplary. Achievement is outstanding. Pupils attain skills and standards that are at least in line with those typically found for their age or key stages, with the majority exceeding them. Provision in early years is outstanding and children make rapid progress. Very strong leadership of early years and close teamwork reflect the academy’s aim of high expectations. Provision for the disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is highly effective. Pupils receiving support through additional funding achieve as well their peers in the academy, with better outcomes in literacy. The achievement of the most able exceeds expectations for their respective age group in most areas of their learning. Those in Year 1 and Year 7 are suitably challenged to make rapid progress. Excellent partnership with parents contributes to them working closely with the academy to accelerate their children’s progress. The curriculum is exceptional. It is varied and takes into consideration pupils’ learning over time. The promotion of pupils’ learning of British values and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent. 1 KEATS represent the academy’s values: Kindness, Effort, Aspiration, and Tenacity brings Success.