Atam Academy

Name Atam Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Address Little Heath, Romford, RM6 4XX
Phone Number 02082529831
Type Academy
Age Range 3-18
Religious Character Sikh
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 647 (49.8% boys 50.2% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.1
Academy Sponsor The Khalsa Academies Trust Limited
Local Authority Redbridge
Percentage Free School Meals 10%
Persistent Absence 7.5%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Information about this school

The academy opened as an all-through Sikh denomination free school in September 2016 as part of the Khalsa Academy Trust.

The executive headteacher was appointed from within the trust in January 2018. The Nursery opened in September 2018. A large proportion of pupils in each year group therefore did not attend the Nursery.

The school is growing rapidly due to additional year groups coming on stream, now including pupils up to and including Year 3. A significant proportion of pupils are from ethnic minority groups. The school is not in an area of high deprivation, and has a below-average number of disadvantaged pupils and pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The executive headteacher provides outstanding leadership and ensures that all pupils make strong progress. The school’s highly effective leadership team has brought about rapid improvement in a short space of time. Leaders, trust members, governors and staff have high aspirations for all pupils: for their behaviour, attitudes to learning and the progress they should make.

The quality of teaching is consistently good, due to effective training and development of all staff. All groups of pupils’ achievement is rapidly improving. In all year groups, progress is good and the most able are exceeding expectations for their age.

Pupils’ behaviour in class, around school and during breaktimes is outstanding. Pupils know and put into practice the school’s core values. Early years provision is outstanding.

Leaders and teachers have secured continual improvements and children make strong progress. The partnership between parents and the school is strong and makes a significant contribution to the learning and well-being of the pupils. Leaders and governors use the pupil premium to good effect.

The progress of disadvantaged pupils continues to improve. The curriculum is rich, broad and balanced, but occasionally the work in some subjects is not of the same quality or quantity as in mathematics and English. The work of leaders and staff to keep pupils safe and secure is highly effective.

Parents and pupils say that school staff care for pupils very well, and pupils say they are safe and happy. The school’s values permeate every aspect of the school and the curriculum. This has an extremely positive impact on pupils’ behaviour and safety and makes a significant contribution to their high rates of progress.