Ark Putney Academy

Name Ark Putney Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 06 March 2013
Address Pullman Gardens, Putney, London, SW15 3DG
Phone Number 02087883421
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 741 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.9
Academy Sponsor Ark Schools
Local Authority Wandsworth
Percentage Free School Meals 31.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 31.4%
Persisitent Absence 11.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

ARK Putney Academy is a smaller-than-average secondary school, with a growing sixth form. Its predecessor was Elliott School, which was judged as satisfactory in its last inspection. The academy was opened in September 2012 as a part of the ARK group of academies. There are substantially more boys than girls on roll and the numbers on roll in the main school have declined since 2007; however, the number of parents selecting the academy as a first choice for their child has increased this year. The proportion of students from minority ethnic heritages is above average, with Black African and Black Caribbean being the highest. Many students are advanced bilingual learners, but very few are at the early stages of learning English. The proportion of students known to be in receipt of pupil premium funding is high and of these, almost all are eligible for free school meals. The proportion of students supported by school action plus or who have a statement of special educational needs is much higher than the national average. The proportion of students supported at school action is low. The school meets the current government floor standards. Six days prior to the inspection, the academy moved to its temporary accommodation to facilitate the refurbishment of the original buildings. Consequently, the inspection was carried out in very challenging circumstances for the academy and for the inspection team.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. This is a well-led academy. The students and staff attribute the success of their academy to the vision and hard work of the Principal and the leadership of the academy. Students make good progress and achieve well, especially in mathematics. Students’ attainment by the end of Year 11 is above the national average. Teaching is usually good, with some that is outstanding. Teachers have good subject knowledge and use effective questioning to ensure that students make good progress in lessons. Students’ behaviour is good. They feel safe and conduct themselves well around the academy and in most lessons. They treat each other and staff with courtesy and respect. Leaders, governors and the Ark Schools board have a very good understanding of how well the academy has progressed. In addition, they are very clear as to what it needs to do to improve still further the quality of teaching and student achievement. The sixth form is good. Students achieve well and make a positive contribution to the life of the academy. It is not yet an outstanding school because : In some lessons, work is not pitched at the right level for everyone in the class, particularly, but not exclusively, for the more able students. In a minority of subjects, the achievement of students needs to be improved. Recent strategies to further improve teaching and learning are not yet fully embedded.