Birmingham Ormiston Academy

Name Birmingham Ormiston Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 21 May 2013
Address 1 Grosvenor Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B4 7QD
Phone Number 01213599300
Type Secondary
Age Range 14-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1044 (27% boys 73% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.1
Academy Sponsor Birmingham Ormiston Academy
Local Authority Birmingham
Percentage Free School Meals 5.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.4%
Persisitent Absence 11.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Birmingham Ormiston Academy first admitted students in Year 12 to temporary accommodation in September 2011. It opened officially in September 2012 to students in Year 10. The academy now educates students from the ages of 14 to 19. The academy is sponsored by the Ormiston Trust and Birmingham City University. It specialises in creative, digital and performing arts. Students are selected according to their aptitude in these art forms. The academy is smaller than the average-sized secondary school. Most students are White British. The proportion of students eligible for the pupil premium, which is additional funding provided by the government for students known to be eligible for free school meals, for those looked after in public care, and for children of service families, is below average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is below the national average, as is the proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. No students are educated in alternative provision off site. Senior leaders do not enter students early for GCSEs and they have a well-thought-out strategy to support this view. There are, as yet, no public examination results to allow the academy’s performance to be measured against the floor standards, which set the minimum levels expected for students’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Senior leaders, governors and sponsors are highly effective. They provide students with a curriculum that is innovative, exciting and dynamic. Students make good progress in all subjects and acquire a wide range of skills. Their good achievement is due to the high quality of teaching. Students’ behaviour is exemplary. They are a credit to their academy. Their highly positive attitudes make the academy a safe, friendly and harmonious place. There is a strong culture for learning, and students value the experiences the academy provides. The sixth form is good. Students make good progress and benefit from a range of exciting enrichment activities. Senior leaders have quickly established systems to monitor the academy’s performance. They have used training well to improve teaching. The Principal rigorously pursues excellence and communicates her vision extremely well to staff and students. A key element in students’ good progress is the way learning is adapted to the students’ needs. Staff know all the students well and they provide highly effective support to help them to be successful. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The marking of students’ work, while effective in some subjects, is too variable and in some cases does not provide students with enough guidance on how to improve. Time spent with form tutors is not always used effectively to promote achievement. The academy’s planning is not focused enough on regular evaluations of improvement plans that hold members of staff to account for their actions.