Ashby School

Name Ashby School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 04 February 2015
Address Nottingham Road, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, LE65 1DT
Phone Number 01530413748
Type Academy
Age Range 14-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1729 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.1
Local Authority Leicestershire
Percentage Free School Meals 7.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.5%

Information about this school

Ashby School converted to become an academy on 1 October 2012. When the predecessor school of the same name, was last inspected in May 2012, it was judged to be good overall. The academy is an above-average-sized secondary school. It includes boarding provision for up to 73 boys. At the time of the inspection, the accommodation housed 72 boys representing a wide range of different nationalities. Most pupils in the academy are White British and speak English as their first language. The proportion of students who are disabled or have special educational needs is below average. The proportion of disadvantaged students supported by the pupil premium, which is additional funding for students in local authority care and those known to be eligible for free school meals, is also below average. The academy meets the government’s current floor standards for secondary schools, which set out minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 11. A small group of students attend alternative education provision at Sir John Moore Foundation, Gaz Auto School, Arusma Beauty Salon, Marlene Reid Centre, Loxx Hair Studio, or Maplewell AIM for part of the week, alongside their lessons at the academy.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Good teaching ensures that students make good progress across a wide range of GCSE subjects, particularly mathematics and science. Teachers have a good understanding of their subject areas and are often effective in making students enthusiastic about their learning. Students behave well in lessons and around the two academy sites. Students say they enjoy being at the academy and feel safe. Parents agree. Students enjoy a wide range of extra sporting, musical and artistic trips and activities. The academy meets the national minimum standards for boarding schools. Most aspects of the boarding provision are outstanding. Sixth-form students make good progress in many subjects, especially those studying work-related options. Effective actions taken by leaders to address underperformance in a few subjects have led to current students doing consistently better. Leaders, including governors, have a good understanding of performance data. They have identified the key areas that needed improvement and ensured that staff focus on them. As a result teaching has improved, and this has led to better achievement for current students throughout the academy. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers’ marking and feedback to students do not always give them helpful guidance about how to improve their work. Students do not have sufficient opportunity to practise writing at length, or using advanced writing skills, in different subjects. A small number of students in Years 10 and 11 have still not caught up with their peers because : they are not attending regularly enough. Until recently, leaders and governors have not kept a close enough check on the links between these students’ attendance and their progress.