Don Valley Academy

Name Don Valley Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 02 April 2019
Address Jossey Lane, Scawthorpe, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 9DD
Phone Number 01302651035
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1014 (45% boys 55% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.8
Academy Sponsor Delta Academies Trust
Local Authority Doncaster
Percentage Free School Meals 23.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.9%
Persisitent Absence 13.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Don Valley Academy is an average-sized secondary school with a sixth form. The school is part of Delta Academies Trust. According to its scheme of delegation, the board of directors has responsibility for the strategic direction of the trust, finance and the appointment of the chief executive and the principals of the academies. The AAB is a ‘scrutiny sub-committee of the Delta board’ and is responsible for standards, behaviour and safeguarding. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is above the national average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is below the national average. The school works in collaboration with outside providers as part of the curriculum on offer for pupils. At the time of the inspection, these were: St Wilfred’s Academy, The Levett School and ‘JASP’, which is part of Maple Medical Pupil Referral Unit. Since the time of the last inspection there have been changes to the senior leadership team, including a new principal, a new associate principal and a new vice-principal. Several members of the extended leadership team are also new to post. thetehslshel

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The principal has turned this school around. His inclusive vision, high expectations and deep care for his staff and his pupils are clear to see. He leads the school by example. He is well supported by a highly effective senior team and members of the trust who are experienced in school improvement. The behaviour of pupils has improved markedly. Teachers use systems to manage pupils’ behaviour consistently. Leaders also give effective support to pupils who struggle to focus in lessons. As a result, pupils behave well and have positive attitudes to learning. Pupils’ personal development has a high priority at Don Valley. Leaders think deeply about this aspect of education. ‘Life’ lessons, and assemblies, plus strategies such as ‘the random acts of kindness tree’ and ‘above and beyond rewards’ all foster tolerance and respect within the school community. Teaching is consistently good. Leaders have developed a structure to lessons that is consistently applied. Teachers use pupil-progress information well in their planning. Teachers have good subject knowledge and question pupils effectively. The enrichment programme is a strength of the school. A vast range of activities is on offer to pupils at the end of the school day. Leaders have made sure that the progress that pupils make and the standards that they reach are improving quickly and securely. However, some pupils have weaker standards of literacy that have not been addressed at this point. In addition, some most-able pupils are not reaching the standards of which they are capable. Students in the sixth form are also benefiting from the ‘reboot’ of the school. Their programmes of study are enriched by thoughtful work experience programmes and other community activities. Students’ progress on academic programmes, however, is slower than that on vocational courses. Rates of attendance have improved. The use of fixed-term exclusion has decreased dramatically. Pupils enjoy coming to school and feel safe. Behaviour in and around the building is calm. The majority of pupils show respect to each other and to adults. There has been a step-change in the quality of education over the past 18 months. This is now a good school. Staff and pupils overwhelmingly agree and are positive about the school. The mission of Don Valley is ‘changing lives’. In a short period of time, leaders have already ensured that this mission is realised for many pupils at school.