Focus 1st Academy

Name Focus 1st Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 12 March 2019
Address 339 Bowes Road, New Southgate, London, N11 1BA
Phone Number 02083615658
Type Independent
Age Range 14-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 26 (65% boys 35% girls)
Local Authority Enfield
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Focus 1st Academy was set up in 2000 to provide education and training. It was awarded independent school status in August 2014. This alternative provision is located in Arnos Grove, in the London borough of Enfield, and it is registered to educate up to 25 pupils. The school caters for disaffected young people with a history of disrupted schooling, including those with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties. Five different north London local authorities have referred the pupils who attend the school. Many pupils join at various points during the academic year. All pupils remain on roll at their secondary school. The school’s aim is ‘to empower students to become effective learners and experience success’. There are no pupils who have education, health and care plans. The school has no religious affiliation. The school does not use any off-site provision.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders have ensured that all the independent school standards are met, and the school continues to improve. The headteacher, who is also the proprietor, provides strong leadership and works effectively with leaders and staff to bring about improvements. Teaching, learning and assessment are good. Teachers know pupils well, and there are strong working relationships between them. Teachers plan learning to meet the needs of pupils. Consequently, pupils make good progress during their time in school. Pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education, training or employment. Pupils’ personal development, welfare and behaviour are good. Pupils are provided with strong care, guidance and support. Pupils gain self-confidence and show positive attitudes to learning. Their attendance is significantly better than in their previous schools. Pupils are kept safe and feel safe. They are taught well about how to keep themselves safe from a range of unsafe situations and potential risks. There are strong links with parents and careers and external agencies to keep pupils safe. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of pupils so that they achieve well. It provides them with opportunities to study for vocational and academic GCSE courses. Pupils show respect for cultural diversity and people from different backgrounds. They are prepared well for life in modern Britain. The school is effective in promoting pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Sometimes, time is not managed effectively and lessons finish abruptly. Consequently, pupils are unsure how their learning concludes, leaving some gaps in their learning. Pupils are sometimes not provided with feedback to improve their work, in accordance with the school’s policy. Consequently, any misconceptions and mistakes are not routinely picked up. Planning for improvement is not sharply focused and lacks clear timescales for actions. The systems for challenging leaders and holding them to account for the work they do are not sufficiently developed. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.