Bristol Metropolitan Academy

Name Bristol Metropolitan Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Snowdon Road, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 2HD
Phone Number 01173772071
Type Academy
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 951 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.2
Academy Sponsor Cabot Learning Federation
Local Authority Bristol, City of
Percentage Free School Meals 24.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 32%
Persisitent Absence 15.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.3%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (10 January 2017)
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Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school also complies with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish. Bristol Metropolitan Academy is smaller than the average-sized school. The school is part of the Cabot Learning Federation multi-academy trust which oversees the work of the academy council. The academy council is the local governing body to whom school leaders are accountable. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is well above average, as is the proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language. Nearly half the pupils in the school are known to be eligible for the pupil premium. This is much higher than average. The school has a lower than average proportion of higher attaining pupils than average, although this proportion is increasing year-on-year in key stage 3. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities who receive support is in line with the average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and who have a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan is above the national average. Three pupils attend alternative provision at CLF Engage, which is part of the Cabot Learning Federation. A further three pupils attend the St Mathias Park pupil referral unit and a further three pupils attend hospital education because they are too unwell to attend school. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 11.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The principal and her staff care passionately for all the school’s pupils. The principal ensures that pupils receive the support they need to thrive and succeed, regardless of background, ability or circumstances. Leaders have consistently secured outstanding outcomes, particularly in mathematics and for lower ability and disadvantaged pupils. Pupils make strong progress as a result of good-quality teaching, the inspiring and aspirational ethos of the school, and the extensive support they receive. Pupils are very well prepared for the next stages of their education or for the world of work. Pupils benefit greatly from the quality of their experience at school. Teaching does not always challenge some pupils, including the most able, to think at a deeper level and to reach higher standards. Leaders ensure that courses and qualifications are very well matched to pupils’ strengths and aspirations. For example, many more pupils now follow a curriculum that includes a modern foreign language. Leaders are working hard to ensure that teaching in languages is consistently strong. The curriculum provides pupils with a rich and broad diet of skills and knowledge. Pupils enjoy their learning because they follow courses that meet their needs and appeal to their interests. Pupils behave well. They are attentive and focused in lessons. During breaktimes and between lessons, they are mostly respectful of each other and move around the school in an orderly way. Pupils’ well-being is very well supported. This includes excellent work to improve pupils’ understanding of risks and dangers to their health. Attendance is improving, including for different groups of pupils, and for those who are disadvantaged and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. The school benefits from extensive, high-quality support from the Cabot Learning Federation and external partners. Governance is highly effective. Rigorous accountability measures are in place to support and challenge the principal and her senior team.