|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Requires improvement|
|Inspection Date||12 June 2019|
|Address||Yew Tree Avenue, Rainham Rd South, Dagenham East, Essex, RM10 7FN|
|Number of Pupils||139 (82% boys 18% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||11.9|
|Percentage Free School Meals||14%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||31.2%|
Information about this school
Elutec is a university technical college. It has three main sponsors: Ford Motor Company, University College London (UCL) and CEME. Elutec is smaller than the average secondary school and has students in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13. It specialises in design and engineering. Girls make up 18% of the school’s roll. A third of the pupils are known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which is above average. Almost half of the pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds, which is higher than the national average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is above average. The proportion of pupils who receive special educational needs support is slightly above the national average. The proportion of pupils with an education, health and care (EHC) plan is below the national average. Four pupils attend alternative provision at Barking College. The school has been in new premises since September 2016.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a school that requires improvement A history of poor teaching and lack of adequately trained teachers has left gaps in pupils’ learning. Not all pupils reach their potential, especially the most able. Although leadership is now strong, pupils’ and students’ progress remain inconsistent across the school. Some teaching is effective but the quality is uneven across the school. Improvements to teaching are not yet ingrained into everyday practice. Too much of the teaching is not challenging enough. As a result, there are too many pupils who do not deepen their knowledge and skills. Some pupils and students have missed a lot of learning, especially in engineering. Leaders have improved provision but there is some way to go to make up for lost time. The school has the following strengths Tenacious, resilient leadership has moved the school forward significantly over the past year. The systems for checking the quality of the school’s work are rigorous. Leaders’ capacity to sustain improvements is strong. Inadequate teaching is tackled well. There are effective systems to improve the quality of teaching. These are having an increasingly positive impact. Pupils in Years 10 and 11 are making better progress in English and mathematics than they have in the past. All students in Year 13 progress into education, employment or training. Careers guidance and links with local businesses are effective. Governance is strong. Governors share the principal’s aspirational vision for the school. They support and challenge leaders effectively.