Felixstowe School

Name Felixstowe School
Website http://www.fxa.org.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Inadequate
Inspection Date 14 November 2017
Address High Street, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 9QR
Phone Number 01394288228
Type Academy
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1140 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.7
Academy Sponsor Unity Schools Partnership
Local Authority Suffolk
Percentage Free School Meals 18.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.1%
Persisitent Absence 20.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This school is a sponsored academy within the AET. The AET regional educational adviser for East England and London is also the school’s chair of governors. The school uses Suffolk New College for its alternative education provision. The school does not meet the current government floor standards. The school meets the Department for Education’s definition of a coasting school based on key stage 4 academic performance results in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Summary of key findings for parents and carers and pupils

This is an inadequate school Pupils, including those who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities, do not make adequate progress by the time they sit their GCSE examinations. Too many pupils have not received an acceptable standard of education over time. The progress made by disadvantaged pupils at the end of key stage 4 has been significantly below that of other pupils nationally for a number of years. Outcomes for pupils are below the government’s floor standards. The proportion who achieved a standard pass at GCSE was significantly below that found nationally in 2017. There has been a culture of bullying at the school which has not been dealt with effectively. Some pupils do not feel safe at school and do not report issues to adults. Exclusion rates are too high. Too many parents who responded to Parent View have lost faith in the school’s ability to deal effectively with issues of bullying. Too many pupils are persistently absent from school. Leaders and governors have an overly optimistic view of the school’s performance. This hinders their ability to prioritise areas in need of immediate attention. Consequently, leaders are not demonstrating sufficient capacity to bring about improvement. The support provided by the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) has been ineffective in helping the school to improve since the previous inspection. Very recent changes have brought about some improvements to the quality of teaching, but a diet of poor-quality teaching over time has resulted in pupils making inadequate progress. The school has the following strengths Students in the sixth form make good progress from their starting points. They take advantage of the opportunities open to them and value the support that they receive. Recent changes to the school’s governance and the appointment of a new chair of governors have now strengthened the school’s leadership. The principal is tackling underperformance robustly. He has recently successfully completed a useful restructuring of the leadership teams. Many pupils are polite and well behaved and want to do well. They are keen for their school to improve. Newly qualified teachers are supported well.