Avicenna Academy

Name Avicenna Academy
Website http://www.avicennaacademy.com
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 25 September 2018
Address Tinsley Park Road, Darnall, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S9 5DL
Phone Number 01142217010
Type Independent
Age Range 4-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 99 (41% boys 59% girls)
Local Authority Sheffield
Catchment Area Information Available No, we only have catchment area data for schools in England

Information about this school

Avicenna Academy is a Muslim independent day school for girls and boys aged between four and 16 years old. It is situated in the Darnall area of Sheffield. The previous standard inspection took place from 2 to 4 December 2014. The school is registered to admit up to 240 pupils. There are no pupils in Year 7 or Year 10 currently. At the beginning of this inspection, the school was segregating pupils in Year 8 and Year 9. By the end of the inspection, leaders had taken appropriate action to cease segregation, following the recent change in the law. There are no pupils who have an education, health and care plan on roll. No pupils at the school speak English as an additional language. The school does not use any alternative education provision.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders ensure that the school complies with the independent school standards. During the inspection, a new medical room was constructed to ensure compliance. Teachers plan and assess learning well. Most learning challenges pupils appropriately. Leaders agree that systems and strategies for teaching phonics and spellings could be further improved. Leaders ensure that they evaluate the quality of education at the school. This is mainly based on outcomes. Systems for evaluating the effect of actions taken and for quality assuring are not sufficiently developed. As a result of leaders’ actions, pupils make good and better progress across the curriculum. Assessed outcomes at key stages 1, 2 and 4 are impressive. Leaders have updated the primary and secondary curriculum in line with changes to GCSE qualifications. Leaders develop the early years curriculum in line with children’s interests. Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. They conduct themselves exceptionally well throughout the school day. Pupils are very keen to learn and, consequently, they achieve highly. Through a carefully planned curriculum for citizenship and personal, social, health and economic education, pupils learn about facing risks and keeping themselves safe. For example, younger pupils are very keen to talk about how to cross the road safely. Destinations of pupils who leave at the end of Year 11 are very impressive. All pupils progress to further education to study qualifications appropriate to their career aspirations. Current pupils value the careers education that they receive highly. In the early years, children achieve a good level of development by the end of Reception. However, leaders’ initial assessments of children’s abilities are not as accurate as they could be. Leaders say that the outdoor provision will be improved. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.