Bourne Academy

Name Bourne Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 15 May 2013
Address Edinburgh Crescent, Bourne, Lincolnshire, PE10 9DT
Phone Number 01778422365
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1342 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.3
Academy Sponsor South Lincolnshire Academies Trust
Local Authority Lincolnshire
Percentage Free School Meals 12.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.4%
Persisitent Absence 12%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Bourne Academy converted to become an academy school in September 2011 and is run by the Trustees of Bourne RM Academy Limited. When its predecessor school, The Robert Manning Technology College, was last inspected by Ofsted in 2008, it was judged to be good overall. The school is larger than the average secondary school and serves the small market town of Bourne and the surrounding area. It operates within Lincolnshire’s selective system of education and most higher-attaining students attend the local grammar school. There have been recent extensions to the school buildings and regular refurbishment of the existing facilities. The large majority of students are from White British backgrounds. A below-average proportion of students are known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for students in local authority care, students from service families and students known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is broadly average, as is the proportion of students supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. The school does not make use of any alternative provision for its students to be educated off site. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. There has been a change in the age profile of the staff over the last two years due to the retirement of a number of long-serving teachers. The school has subsequently restructured the senior leadership team and appointed a significant number of newly qualified teachers. The school has received Investors in People and Artsmark awards.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Students achieve well during their time at school and attain at least average standards in most subjects at GCSE. Standards in English, art and design and technology are well above national average. There are effective procedures for tracking students’ progress and providing additional support where it is needed. Most teaching is good with some examples of outstanding practice. The sixth form is good. The large majority of students make good progress and move on to training or higher education. Students’ behaviour is good and they feel very safe in the school. The school organises a range of outside visits and additional activities which greatly increases students’ enjoyment and experience of school. The school is well led and managed. The headteacher and senior leaders are driving improvements in the attendance, behaviour and achievement of the students and in the quality of teaching. Governors are effective in holding the school to account for students’ achievement and the quality of teaching. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers are not setting challenging enough progress targets for the students. Some teachers are not giving students enough opportunities to take responsibility for their own learning. Not all teachers are using questioning effectively in lessons to engage and challenge students. Performance targets for individual teachers are not addressing specific areas of improvement.