Ditton Park Academy

Name Ditton Park Academy
Website http://www.dittonparkacademy.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspections
Address Kings Reach, Slough, SL3 7UX
Phone Number 01753537594
Type Academy
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1094 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.5
Academy Sponsor Sash Education Trust
Local Authority Slough
Percentage Free School Meals 14.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 22.1%
Persistent Absence 8.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.2%%
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders have established an ethos of high aspiration across all areas of the school.

The principal and his dynamic leadership team do whatever it takes to provide a well-rounded education for the pupils in this school. Leaders know the school's strengths and areas for development very well. They use assessment information effectively to identify and focus on any areas that need improvement.

Teaching is consistently good. Teachers ask challenging questions and use a range of exciting resources. Pupils enjoy their learning and are keen to do their best.

Disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs and/or disabi...lities make strong progress. Pupils who speak English as an additional language make particularly impressive progress. The curriculum provides a good range of choices for pupils' options in Year 9.

However, some practical subjects have either not been offered or numbers have been capped because : there are not enough specialist facilities. Leaders and governors ensure that additional funding is targeting the pupils who need it most. There is emerging evidence that disadvantaged pupils are rapidly catching up.

Pupils behave well within lessons and around the school. Pupils have excellent relationships with their teachers and peers. Leaders ensure that pupils know about a wide range of topics including staying safe, keeping healthy and current affairs.

Teachers offer pupils a wide range of extra-curricular activities to broaden their experiences. Pupils enjoy learning about life in modern Britain. The school makes a strong contribution to the personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils.

Governors give strong support and appropriate challenge to the principal and other leaders to ensure that all pupils aim for the highest expectations possible. The trust provides an extensive network of highly experienced local school leaders. Their expertise adds greatly to the school's capacity to strive for excellence in all things.

Leaders are not complacent. They are keen to provide lessons where all groups of pupils, including the most able, make good progress across all subjects. Most pupils attend school regularly, although there is a small minority of pupils whose attendance needs to be improved.

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. Missing documentation was rectified during the inspection. The school complies with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish.

This is a free school which opened in September 2014. The school currently has pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9. The school is presently in temporary accommodation and plans to move to the new building in September 2017.

It is part of the SASH Education Trust and three of the trustees are local headteachers. From September the school will become part of a multi-academy trust. There is a much higher than average number of pupils in the school from minority ethnic groups and pupils who speak English as an additional language.

The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is higher than average. The average number of pupils who have support for special educational needs and/or disabilities is lower than average as is the proportion of pupils who have a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan. The school does not use alternative provision.