Chaselea Alternative Provision Academy

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About Chaselea Alternative Provision Academy

Name Chaselea Alternative Provision Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Mr Paul Archer
Address Avon Road, Cannock, WS11 1LH
Phone Number 01543227095
Phase Academy
Type Academy alternative provision sponsor led
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 30
Local Authority Staffordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils who attend this school say they feel much happier now.

They feel safe and have a trusted adult they can talk to if they are upset. Bullying does not worry them. If it happens, leaders deal with it quickly and effectively.

Pupils study a range of subjects, and many achieve well. In some subjects, teachers build on what pupils know effectively. However, in other subjects, the curriculum is not structured well enough to help pupils know and remember more of what they have learned.

Pupils who attend alternative provision or have home tuition enjoy it. Leaders work hard to match programmes to pupils' interests. However, leaders do not check the quality of t...hese programmes carefully enough.

This means that some pupils may not be achieving as well as they might.

In most lessons, pupils behave well. Staff work hard to build positive relationships with pupils.

However, too many pupils choose not to attend lessons or leave partway through. This limits their progress.

Leaders care about pupils and want them to do well.

However, pupils do not get enough advice about their next steps and future careers. This means that they may not be as well prepared for when they leave school as they might.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders have high expectations for what pupils can achieve.

The school continually reviews the subjects pupils learn. For example, philosophy has recently been introduced into the timetable. These lessons are helping to improve pupils' confidence to debate topics.

In some subjects, the school has sequenced the curriculum effectively. In other subjects, the curriculum is not ordered in a way that helps pupils build on their learning over time. Most teachers check what pupils are learning effectively.

When done well, for example in English, teachers can identify the small steps in progress that pupils have made and where gaps in pupils' knowledge exist. However, this is not consistent across all subjects. This hinders pupils' progress.

The school prioritises reading. All pupils in the school have a reading lesson. Staff check how well pupils can read and provide extra help for those who need it.

Pupils are encouraged to read regularly. They have read and relax sessions and 'Book of the Month'. As a result, pupils are developing into confident readers.

Pupils who have a modified curriculum, either at school, at alternative provision or at home, study at least English and mathematics. The school plans this provision carefully and matches it to pupils' individual needs and interests. The school also makes regular checks on pupils' well-being.

However, leaders do not routinely check the quality of education that pupils have at alternative provision or when they have home tuition. This means that it is unclear what progress pupils are making.

In the past, pupils' education has been disrupted by poor experiences.

Consequently, pupils struggle to re-engage with school, and for some, attendance is low. The school takes swift and effective action to deal with this. Attendance for these pupils over time shows signs of improvement.

All pupils who attend the school have special educational needs and/or disabilities related to their social, emotional and mental health. The trust is supporting the school in managing pupils' behaviour. This includes providing extra funding for additional staffing.

The school has recently reviewed its behaviour policy with a focus on how staff can teach pupils how to self-regulate their behaviour. However, it is too early to see the difference this is making in reducing the number of incidents of inappropriate behaviour.

The school provides pupils with a range of experiences beyond the classroom.

This includes bowling and visits to the cinema. Visitors come into the school to teach pupils about potential risks in the local area and how to keep themselves safe online. However, pupils do not receive high-quality careers advice and guidance.

Pupils are not given enough opportunities to find out about various careers and the different pathways that are available to them when they leave school. This means that they may not be as fully prepared for their next steps as they might.

Leaders consider staff's well-being and workload.

All staff say they are proud to work at the school.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Not all subjects are coherently planned and sequenced.

This means that pupils struggle to build on what they know and connect up new knowledge and ideas. The school should ensure that the curriculum in all subjects is well planned so that pupils develop the knowledge and skills they need to prepare them for future learning. ? Some teachers do not check pupils' knowledge and understanding effectively.

As a result, not all staff know how well pupils are achieving across subjects and gaps in learning are not spotted quickly. The school should ensure that teachers use assessment effectively in all subjects so that teachers are well informed about pupils' progress and are able to use this information to inform their teaching. ? The school does not routinely check the quality of education pupils receive at alternative provision or home tuition.

In addition, they do not check pupils' progress. This means that it is unclear how well pupils are achieving. The school needs to ensure that it routinely checks the quality of the implementation of the curriculum to ensure that all pupils achieve their full potential and are prepared for their next steps.

• The school does not prepare pupils well enough for future success in education, employment and/or training. Careers provision in the school is underdeveloped and not enough pupils receive information about their potential next steps. The school needs to ensure that it continues to develop its careers provision so that pupils receive high-quality careers guidance and that pupils are fully aware of the further education, employment and/or training choices available to them.

• The number of incidents of inappropriate behaviour in the school is high and too many pupils abscond from lessons. Most pupils are unable to self-regulate their behaviour. The school needs to continue to develop an effective behaviour management process that supports pupils to self-regulate their behaviour, so they become more committed to their learning.

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