Blackpool Aspire Academy

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About Blackpool Aspire Academy

Name Blackpool Aspire Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Principal Mr John Woods
Address Blackpool Old Road, Blackpool, FY3 7LS
Phone Number 01253353155
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 838
Local Authority Blackpool
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders have secured significant improvements to pupils' behaviour, attendance and the effectiveness of teaching since the last inspection. Leaders have embedded a culture of high expectations, within which the need for pupils to develop scholarly habits is emphasised. Pupils' outcomes are rapidly improving overall.

However, their progress in English is not good, although it is quickly improving towards becoming so. The progress of disadvantaged pupils and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) has improved. This is due to strong leadership and the careful support that these pupils receive.

Leaders have ensured teaching is more consistently effective. Teaching is generally well matched to pupils' needs and reflects the high aspirations that staff have for pupils. Some teachers do not ensure that their teaching helps pupils to learn as well as possible.

Leaders have not ensured that teachers systematically develop pupils' literacy skills across the curriculum. Leaders have not ensured that the curriculum is thoughtfully planned for all subjects. It does not systematically promote British values or pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) understanding in key stage 4.

Leaders have further strengthened the school's safeguarding culture. The school's work with a range of external agencies to keep pupils safe is exemplary. Pupils' behaviour has improved considerably.

They are polite, considerate and respectful towards others. They have grown in self-confidence since the last inspection. Pupils' attendance has improved.

Rates of absence have decreased and are now close to the national average. The proportion of pupils who are persistently absent decreased dramatically during the last school year. Governors and trustees share leaders' sharp understanding of the school's strengths and weaknesses.

However, they have not ensured that leaders have closely monitored and evaluated patterns in the very high proportion of pupils who leave the school at times other than the end of Year 11.

Information about this school

Bispham High School and Collegiate High School merged to become Blackpool Aspire Academy on 1 September 2014. The school moved to a new building in November 2015.

The school is part of the Fylde Coast Academy Trust (FCAT). The appropriate authority for the school is the board of trustees. Trustees entrust the academy council with the responsibility of directly overseeing the school's work.

The chair of the academy council is also a trustee. A small number of pupils attend education off site at Educational Diversity and The Alternative School. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is very high.

The proportion of pupils with SEND is above the national average. A large number of pupils join and leave the school at times other than the end of a school year. The principal has been in post since September 2016.

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