Astrea Academy Woodfields


Name Astrea Academy Woodfields
Ofsted Inspection Rating Inadequate
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 25 April 2017
Address Weston Road, Doncaster, DN4 8ND
Phone Number Unknown
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 839 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.4
Academy Sponsor Astrea Academy Trust
Local Authority Doncaster
Percentage Free School Meals 26.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 20%
Persisitent Absence 32.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 17%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school does not meet requirements on the publication of information about the most recent key stage 4 results, the curriculum, the pupil premium, the charging and remissions policy, and governors’ information. The school does not comply with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish about the pupil premium and the school’s curriculum. The school is an average-sized secondary school. It is part of the Wakefield City Academies Trust. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported through the pupil premium is well above average. Half the pupils are in receipt of the pupil premium. Most pupils are White British. Most pupils speak English as their first language. The proportion of pupils who have support for special educational needs and/or disabilities is above average. The proportion of pupils who have a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan is above average. The school does not meet the government’s current floor standards for progress by the end of Year 11. The school meets the minimum interim standards for sixth forms. The school uses one off-site provider, TOPPS, for a small number of pupils and an on-site learning centre for pupils’ behaviour. There have been significant changes to staffing and leadership since the previous inspection. The current headteacher was appointed in April 2017 after a short period of time as interim headteacher.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an inadequate school Leadership has been unsuccessful in preventing the decline in the school’s overall effectiveness and addressing the areas for improvement identified in the previous inspection report. The capacity to improve the school is not secure. Leaders have not taken swift action to make sure that all staff understand all child protection requirements, fully. Arrangements for safeguarding are ineffective in the main school because some pupils leave the school site unchecked at lunchtime. Senior and subject leaders have not been successful in overcoming poor teaching and ensuring that school policies are followed by staff. Pupils’ progress is weak across a range of subjects including mathematics, science and English. For two years, outcomes for pupils at the end of Year 11 have been below the government’s minimum requirements. Teachers’ expectations are low. Work set does not meet pupils’ needs and abilities. This leads to poor outcomes for pupils. There is consistently low attendance, poor punctuality and a high proportion of pupils excluded from school. A significant minority of pupils show a lack of respect for adults and for each other. Some pupils smoke in school. The curriculum fails to meet the needs of pupils or prepare them well for the future. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is not progressing well. Leaders’ use of additional government funding for disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities has not improved learning and behaviour. Over time, governors and the multi-academy trust have not supported and challenged the school well enough to overcome its inadequacies. The sixth form requires improvement because : students are not making consistently good progress across a range of subjects. However, teaching and students’ outcomes are better than in the rest of the school. The school has the following strengths There is high-quality provision for sport in the sixth form. Students make good progress in vocational sports courses. The new headteacher is taking decisive action to improve the school, having quickly assessed what needs to be done.