Corby Business Academy

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About Corby Business Academy

Name Corby Business Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Associate Principal Mr Simon Underwood
Address Academy Way, Gretton Road, Corby, NN17 5EB
Phone Number 01536303120
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1143
Local Authority North Northamptonshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

This is a good school that serves its community well. Leaders have high aspirations for their pupils and promote the school's values of 'commit, believe and achieve'.

Most pupils enjoy coming to school. They know that their teachers want them to do well. Pupils feel well supported.

Pupils and students in the sixth form are polite and respectful. The ethos of the school is inclusive.

In lessons and at social times, pupils behave well.

Pupils say that staff apply the behaviour policy consistently. The school is calm and orderly.

Pupils benefit from strong pastoral care.

They know who to speak to if they have any concerns. Pupils know ...that bullying is not acceptable. They say this is rare and teachers would deal with it instantly and effectively if it were to occur.

Pupils feel safe in school.

Students in the sixth form enjoy their experience. They appreciate the support and encouragement teachers give them.

Students are very well prepared for the next stage of their education or employment.

Parents and carers are positive about the education their children receive. One view shared by many was, 'My child has thrived, been supported, encouraged, cared for and listened to at this school.'

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

Leaders have brought about significant improvement at this school. They focus on providing an ambitious curriculum for all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Pupils' performance in external examinations of some subjects has recently been below national averages at the end of key stage 4.

Leaders have taken effective steps to address this. They have worked with determination to develop the curriculum and ensure that pupils know and remember more.

Teachers have secure subject knowledge and are passionate about what they teach.

Teachers present information clearly and choose activities that help pupils to learn. However, sometimes teachers do not match the work they set well enough to pupils' ability and their prior knowledge.

Most teachers use assessment well, either to check that pupils remember important knowledge, or to embed knowledge.

Teachers use retrieval tasks, questioning and low-stakes testing. Pupils respond well to the clear feedback given to them. Leaders now need to check that pupils' responses to this feedback are enabling them to make the progress they need.

Not all pupils readily participate in discussion and debate. Leaders are aware of this and are developing strategies to promote discussion about what is being taught.

Leaders prioritise reading.

Staff encourage pupils to read widely. Leaders have introduced a whole-school approach to developing pupils' reading, writing and vocabulary. Pupils who need help to read more accurately or fluently get support quickly.

Leaders are ambitious for pupils with SEND. They make sure that pupils with SEND can access the same ambitious curriculum as everyone else. They identify these pupils' needs and provide teachers with the detailed information they require to support them in their learning.

Pupils who attend the school's specialist provision learn a personalised curriculum and are well supported.

Students in the sixth form appreciate the efforts that teachers take to help them. They are proud of their school and would recommend the sixth form to others.

There are opportunities for students in the sixth form to volunteer and help others. For example, they can mentor younger pupils and become reading buddies.

The curriculum goes beyond the academic and is well planned and sequenced.

As a result, pupils' personal development is well catered for. Pupils have an age-appropriate understanding of relationships and how to stay safe. Pupils have opportunities to be leaders.

For example, the 'student senate' is a key part of the school, and the pupils feel that staff listen to their views.

Leaders have raised their expectations of pupils' behaviour and conduct, which is having a positive impact. Pupils behave very well in lessons.

During lesson change-over times and at breaktimes, the school is calm and orderly.

Leaders recognise that there is more work to do to improve the attendance of some groups of pupils. Leaders monitor the attendance of pupils.

They use a range of strategies to try to improve pupils' attendance. However, the low attendance of some of the most vulnerable pupils means that learning is too often missed.

Governance is strong.

The governors and trustees are knowledgeable and hold leaders to account effectively. Staff are proud and motivated to work at this school. They agree that leaders take their workload and well-being into account.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Teachers receive regular safeguarding training. This reminds them of contextual safeguarding issues and the signs that a pupil might be at risk of harm.

All staff know the exact actions to take if they have a concern about a pupil.

Leaders keep accurate records. They are quick to act when they are aware of a concern, involving other agencies when necessary.

Those responsible for checking the safeguarding arrangements do so rigorously.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Leaders are aware that some aspects of the curriculum need further refinement, in particular ensuring that feedback is having an impact on learning and checking that the work set deepens pupils' understanding. Leaders must ensure that assessment processes and the delivery of the curriculum in all subjects are of equally high quality so that pupils learn as well as they should.

• Too many pupils are still persistently absent from school. This means that they are missing out on their education. Leaders must ensure that all pupils, particularly disadvantaged pupils, attend school more regularly so that they benefit from the good-quality education that the school is providing.

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