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This is a good provider All staff work closely with students to help them overcome any barriers to learning, to assure their health and welfare, to maintain good behaviour and a positive work ethic; as a result, students feel safe and are able to achieve their potential. Leaders and managers evaluate and identify the strengths and weaknesses of the academy very well, and are having a positive impact on maintaining and improving the overall quality of provision.
Governors support and challenge leaders and managers well; they use their expertise very effectively to help assure the welfare of students, drive improvement and extend staff skills. Teachers strongly promote equality and diversity a...nd British values in lessons, which broadens students' understanding and appreciation of life in modern Britain. Teachers have very good subject knowledge and industrial experience, as well as strong commercial links with practitioners and employers; they use these effectively to help inspire students and provide a strongly vocational context to their development.
The good standard of accommodation and resources helps teachers deliver a high-quality, vocationally-relevant programme. Achievement rates on a minority of vocational programmes, and in GCSE and functional skills English and mathematics, are too low. Attendance rates are too low in a minority of lessons, and at times, poor punctuality causes interruptions to the beginning of lessons.
In a minority of cases, teachers do not provide sufficient support to students who need extra help to achieve.
Information about the provider
Big Creative Academy (BCA) is a 16 to 19 academy based in Walthamstow. The academy opened in September 2014 and offers study programmes for students aged 16 to 19 in subjects to prepare them primarily for further study or employment in the creative industries.
Most students study level 3 vocational courses, in subjects such as performing arts, music technology, media production, art and design, and fashion. A small minority of students study music production at level 2. Students attend BCA from many of the London boroughs.
A high proportion of students are from disadvantaged backgrounds, and many receive support from academy staff for personal and/or social issues. BCA has around 250 students, of whom 136 are in receipt of financial support. The majority of students who attend the academy have achieved comparatively low GCSE grades.
In addition, many have not gained a high grade in GCSE English and/or mathematics prior to studying at BCA. At the time of the inspection, the academy was housed in temporary accommodation, prior to the construction of new premises. BCA has a strategic link with another training provider, Big Creative Training.
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