Biscovey Academy

Name Biscovey Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 27 November 2014
Address Lamellyn Road, Par, Cornwall, PL24 2DB
Phone Number 01726812949
Type Primary
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 302 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 25.5
Academy Sponsor Aspire Academy Trust
Local Authority Cornwall
Percentage Free School Meals 21.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1%
Persisitent Absence 13%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Biscovey Academy is a junior school which has a similar number of pupils as in the average-sized primary school. Biscovey Academy became an academy school in January 2012. When its predecessor school, Biscovey Junior, was inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be good. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is close to the national average. The number of pupils who are known to be eligible to receive the pupil premium is above average. This is additional funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after by the local authority. Almost all pupils are from White British backgrounds, with a very few of other European heritage. For almost everyone, English is the first language spoken at home. The headteacher is a Local Leader of Education. The school meets the government’s current floor standards which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Pupils’ achievement is outstanding. Standards in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of Year 6 are well above average. The headteacher, with the support of his senior leaders and staff, is determined to make the lives of his pupils richer as a result of their time at the academy. Excellent organisation of learning makes a very significant contribution to developing pupils’ highly positive attitudes. The governing body provides highly effective support. Governors know their academy very well and they have an extremely clear vision of how it should develop to become even better in the future. Pupils’ behaviour is excellent. They are always positive and keen to learn in class. At other times, they treat one another with respect and tolerance. They say that behaviour is always good and that there is no bullying at the academy. Teaching is outstanding. Teachers know their pupils well and ensure that their planning is tightly focused on how to help each one make even better progress. Pupils achieve very well and have made rapid progress since the academy opened. Disadvantaged pupils make particularly strong progress. Those who have special educational needs make outstanding gains from their low starting points. The determination of leaders and governors has brought rapid improvements in the relatively short time the academy has been open. The arrangements to keep pupils safe and secure are exemplary and pupils feel very safe as a result.