Ark Kings Academy

Name Ark Kings Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 04 October 2016
Address Shannon Road, Kings Norton, Birmingham, West Midlands, B38 9DE
Phone Number 01214594451
Type Academy
Age Range 4-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 763 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 12.5
Academy Sponsor Ark Schools
Local Authority Birmingham
Percentage Free School Meals 61.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 17.8%
Persisitent Absence 14.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 19.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

Ark Kings Academy is sponsored by Ark Schools. The school is smaller than the average-sized secondary school, although the number of pupils at the school has increased by almost one third since the last inspection. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is much higher than average. The proportion of pupils supported through a statement of special educational needs or with an education, health and care plan is almost twice the national average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is above average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is also above average. A small number of pupils attend placements at alternative educational provision with City of Birmingham School, Kings Norton Boys’ School, Kings Norton Girls’ School, Moseley School, Reach School and Swanshurst School. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school complies with Department for Education (DfE) guidance on what academies should publish.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders’ actions have had a positive impact on strategies to improve pupils’ progress so that it is now good. Leaders ensure that disadvantaged pupils are well supported. Disadvantaged pupils make similar rates of progress to other pupils nationally. Pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities are well supported and achieve well. Though subject leadership has improved, some subject leaders are new to the school and the impact of their work is at an early stage. New subject leaders are being effectively supported by senior leaders. Teaching, learning and assessment are improving rapidly because of purposeful leadership. However, teaching is not sufficiently challenging across the whole curriculum. This is particularly so for most-able pupils. Teachers have good subject knowledge and are keen to learn from one another. Pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills are improving securely because of well-planned provision to develop these skills in all subject areas. Relationships between pupils and teachers are good. This reflects pupils’ enjoyment of the learning experiences they have in school. Pupils have good attitudes to learning. They are punctual to lessons and bring the right equipment. Pupils’ work in books is mostly neat and well organised. Pupils’ personal development and welfare are promoted well. The school offers a good range of enrichment activities which help to prepare pupils for later life. The school is a well-ordered and calm learning community. Pupils’ behaviour around the school is good and their attendance is improving. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural education for pupils is good. This reflects the school’s welcoming and caring ethos and promotes pupils’ positive attitudes to learning. Governors know and understand the school’s strengths and the areas that still need more work. They challenge leaders effectively and hold them to account. The support of Ark Schools has contributed significantly to improvements at the school and ensures that it has the capacity to continue to drive these forward. Careers advice and guidance support pupils well in preparing them for the next stage of their education, training or employment. Pupils are happy at school and are safe. Parents believe that the school serves their children well.