Five Acres High School

Name Five Acres High School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Inadequate
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 08 December 2015
Address Five Acres, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 7QW
Phone Number 01594832263
Type Academy
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 570 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.9
Academy Sponsor Greenshaw Learning Trust
Local Authority Gloucestershire
Percentage Free School Meals 17.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.4%
Persisitent Absence 16.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 18.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Lakers School is a secondary school of smaller-than-average size. The school is a member of the Lakers Family Cooperative Learning Trust along with Berry Hill Primary School and Berry Hill Under Fives. Most students are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of disadvantaged students supported through pupil premium funding is slightly higher than the national average. The pupil premium is additional funding to support students known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are in the care of the local authority. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs is higher than the national average. The school does not meet the government’s current floor standards. These set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress at the end of Key Stage 4. A small number of students undertake part of their education at Gloucestershire College or at Prospect Training Services.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an inadequate school Pupils’ achievement is inadequate and has been for some time. Their progress is too slow and too few leave the school with five or more good GCSE grades, including English and mathematics. Outcomes for disadvantaged pupils are poor and the gaps between their achievement and that of other pupils nationally are widening. Too often teaching fails to challenge or inspire pupils. Teachers’ expectations of what pupils can achieve are frequently too low and this slows their progress. The feedback that teachers give to pupils about their work is inadequate. Marking does not help pupils to improve their work. Teachers’ questioning does not effectively assess or deepen pupils’ understanding. Relationships between the school’s senior leaders and the governors have broken down. They do not work effectively together and this has a very negative impact on the running of the school. School leaders do not spend all of the extra money provided by the government for disadvantaged pupils. No coherent plan exists for the use of this money. Middle leaders’ areas of responsibility and lines of accountability are not clear. There is too much disruption in classrooms. Too many pupils do not consistently show positive attitudes to their learning. Actions taken to tackle the areas for improvement from the previous inspection have been ineffective. As a result, the quality of education the school provides has declined. The school has the following strengths The school provides good careers information, advice and guidance for pupils. The pupils recognise this and talk very positively about it. The school makes effective use of its teaching assistants, who work well with individual pupils and with groups. The school cares for, nurtures and looks after its pupils well. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is good. Some younger pupils are making good progress in their reading.