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This is an outstanding school Leaders and governors have established a clear vision centred on the key values of 'excellence', 'positivity' and 'respect'. This vision for excellence, and aspiration for success, pervades every aspect of the school.
Teachers demonstrate strong subject knowledge. They are ambitious for their pupils and plan lessons that engage, motivate and inspire them. As a result, pupils make outstanding progress from their different starting points.
Governors provide an excellent balance of challenge and support. They ensure the additional funding to support disadvantaged pupils, and those pupils who have special educational needs and/or disa...bilities, is used exceptionally well. Most pupils show impeccable attitudes towards their learning.
They are confident, polite and proud to be a Dixons McMillan pupil. The curriculum is inclusive and meets the needs of all pupils. Through 'electives' and 'stretch' projects, pupils are provided with additional opportunities to engage in independent research and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the world around them.
Pupils demonstrate a passion for reading and this is encouraged and expected. Pupils have a wide range of opportunities to develop their speaking and listening skills and because of this they are confident communicators. Sixth form leaders are highly effective.
As a result of strong teaching and robust intervention, students in the sixth form are making accelerated progress in their A level courses. There is a strong culture of safeguarding. Staff are vigilant and proactive in their care of pupils.
Pupils know that there is always someone available to support them when needed. Pupils' progress across the curriculum is very strong. However, leaders recognise that further work is required in Year 9 music, art and design and technology to ensure that progress matches the outstanding progress in other subjects.
Leaders recognise that sixth form students could be given further independence to develop their learning skills before the next stage in their education.
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The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school complies with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish.
Dixons McMillan Academy opened in September 2014 as a free school, with its first intake of pupils in Year 7. Currently, the school has pupils in Years 7, 8, 9 and 12. The school receives support from the Dixons Academy Trust and other local outstanding schools.
The sixth form opened in September 2016 and is due to close in 2019, when a new Dixons Academy Trust sixth form school will open. The proportion of pupils at this school who are disadvantaged is above the national average. The proportion of pupils at this school who are from minority ethnic backgrounds, or who speak English as an additional language, is higher than the national average.
The proportion of pupils with an education, health and care plan is below the national average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is below the national average. As there are currently no pupils in Year 11, the school has no national assessment results to compare against the current government floor standards (minimum performance expectations for secondary schools) and the Department for Education's definition of a coasting school.