City of London Academy Islington

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City of London Academy Islington


Name City of London Academy Islington
Website http://www.colai.org.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Prebend Street, Islington, London, N1 8PQ
Phone Number 02072268611
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 809 (55.3% boys 44.7% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.0
Academy Sponsor City Of London Academies Trust
Local Authority Islington
Percentage Free School Meals 45.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 45.4%
Persisitent Absence 14.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 18%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (13 March 2019)
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Information about this school

The executive headteacher works across two schools, The City of London Academy, Islington and the City of London Academy, Highbury Grove. The school is a stand-alone academy. The academy trust is the City of London Academy Islington Limited. The sponsors for the academy trust are City, University of London and London City Corporation. Both sponsors have four representatives on the governing body. The governing body is responsible for all aspects of governance. The school uses three alternative providers, ELAT, Westminster Kingsway and the Hospital School. The school has recently joined the Islington Sixth Form Consortium. Pupils will start their courses in September 2019.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Since the arrival of the headteacher in 2012, the school has been transformed into an exciting environment where pupils and staff thrive. Outcomes are outstanding and pupils’ progress is exceptional. This is a school where ‘no child is left behind’. Teachers use information about their pupils to plan excellent lessons. They facilitate pupils’ learning by providing outstanding guidance. All pupils consistently respond to this help from their teachers. Leaders set very high expectations for pupils’ behaviour. Pupils’ behaviour around the school and in lessons is excellent. Pupils are rightly proud of their school and their achievements. The curriculum is under constant review by leaders to ensure that it meets pupils’ needs. The curriculum enables pupils to excel. The extra-curricular provision supports pupils in developing confidence and additional skills for their future lives. The exceptional provision for personal development and welfare ensures that pupils quickly develop the skills they need to succeed in this school and in their future careers. Leadership at all levels, from governors to pupils, is outstanding. The leadership of special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) is a great strength. Leaders, staff and pupils all appreciate the many opportunities to ‘step up’ and contribute to the smooth running of the school. The sixth-form provision is good. The school has joined the local sixth-form consortium. Pupils have been recruited to this new provision and staff have been appointed. Leadership in the sixth form is strong. The range of study programmes the school can offer is affected by the small numbers of students in the sixth form. Teaching in the sixth form is variable and this affects students’ progress.