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This is a good school The executive principal, very well supported by the governors and the headteacher, has created a clear vision of what this studio school should provide to best serve its pupils. His passion is infectious and he has inspired other staff to drive rapid improvement. The quality of leadership at all levels is excellent.
The school's ethos is tangible. Many pupils start in the studio having not experienced recent success in education. Staff strive to find ways to help their pupils thrive.
Success is celebrated and pupils' self-esteem is systematically developed. With increased confidence, good academic achievement and strengthened personal dev...elopment, pupils are well prepared for good-quality further training and employment. Many pupils start key stage 4 from low starting points.
They make good progress, particularly in English. In the sixth form, students make very good progress in A levels and most, but not all, vocational subjects. Teaching is effective.
Teachers are clear about what they have to teach. The quality of their work is monitored closely. Each department has responsibility for deciding how best their subjects should be taught and there is highly effective partnership working between teachers.
Pupils' behaviour has improved significantly over the past year and pupils welcome this. Pupils have very positive attitudes in lessons and around the school. Attendance is improving, although a few disadvantaged pupils do not attend as well as others.
Since opening, the studio school has made considerable changes to the range of courses it offers pupils. Key stage 4 pupils experience a broad, basic curriculum. However, there is a limited number of vocational courses available to them.
Students in the sixth form are able to choose from an extensive range of A levels. A few of the students who have clear career intentions are not to able support their vocational courses with relevant additional qualifications. Pupils throughout the school undertake extended work experience.
For the majority, these placements are both meaningful and valuable. In key stage 4, provision to develop employability skills is excellent. In the sixth form, a small minority of students do not benefit from good work experience or develop employability skills that are a good match to their intended careers.
At key stage 4, most-able pupils are supported effectively and attain well. In the sixth form this is also the case throughout A-level courses and some vocational courses.
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The school complies with DfE guidance on what academies should publish. The Studio at Knutsford Academy opened in September 2014 and is part of Knutsford Multi-Academy Trust, which provides secondary education to over 1,200 pupils aged between 11 and 19. Almost all students join the school at the start of key stage 4, after completing their key stage 3 education at Knutsford Academy.
A small number join from other neighbouring schools. For the reasons explained in the report, the school did not meet government's current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress. The Studio at Knutsford Academy works with a range of local, national and international businesses to provide vocational opportunities for its students.
The Studio also has a partnership with a local football club. This partnership offers a football academy where students can study for a BTEC sport qualification combined with a football coaching programme. The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged or who have special educational needs and/or disabilities are both higher than average.