Forest Academy

Name Forest Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 17 September 2013
Address Harbourer Road, Hainault, Ilford, Essex, IG6 3TN
Phone Number 02085004266
Type Academy
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 576 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 9.5
Academy Sponsor Beacon Multi-Academy Trust Limited
Local Authority Redbridge
Percentage Free School Meals 25%
Percentage English is Not First Language 58.7%
Persisitent Absence 11.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Inspectors observed 44 lessons or part lessons. Twelve lessons were observed jointly with senior leaders and managers. Meetings were held with groups of students, governors, staff members, and the executive headteacher of the sponsor school. Inspectors looked at a range of evidence, including the school’s documents on self-evaluation and safeguarding. They observed the school’s work, looked at students’ books and the tracking system used to monitor students’ progress. Inspectors considered the 25 responses to the online Parent View questionnaire, and the school’s own student, staff and parent questionnaires.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Forest Academy has improved rapidly since it was opened. Students join the school with below average skills in reading, writing and mathematics, make good progress and achieve well. GCSE results are at the national average. Students who join the school partway through the year make outstanding progress, because they are very well supported. Teaching is good with some that is outstanding. Teachers’ skilful questioning and strong subject knowledge deepen students’ understanding. Students from a wide range of backgrounds get on well with each other. Relationships between staff and students are respectful. Students’ behaviour has improved significantly over the last year. There is a positive atmosphere in and around the school. Parents are supportive of the school, and feel it is a very safe place for their children to be. The headteacher’s very high expectations, which are shared by all leaders and managers, have helped to bring about improvements in students’ progress. The sponsorship of the academy by The Beal High School has helped to bring about major improvements. The sharing of inspirational ideas between the two schools has improved teaching. Governors have benefited from working with the governors at The Beal High School. They now use the information they receive on the school’s performance to challenge leaders and managers, and demand continual improvement. The sixth form is now good and has improved dramatically. Numbers in the sixth form are rising and students taking work-related courses achieve particularly well. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Students’ performance is not outstanding overall. The most able students do not reach the highest grades at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. Students are not always given the opportunity in lessons to write accurately, at length. As a result, their reading has improved at a faster rate than their writing.