Freebrough Academy


Name Freebrough Academy
Website http://https://fa.northerneducationtrust.org/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Inadequate
Inspection Date 17 April 2018
Address Linden Road, Saltburn-By-the-Sea, TS12 2SJ
Phone Number 01287676305
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 800 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.5
Academy Sponsor Northern Education Trust
Local Authority Redcar and Cleveland
Percentage Free School Meals 23.0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.3%

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized secondary school. The vast majority of pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged and receive support from the pupil premium is significantly above the national average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is broadly average. The school provides mathematics lessons for two post-16 students on a part-time basis. A new principal was appointed 18 months ago. Leaders of the trust took the decision to cease post-16 provision from September 2017. The school uses six alternative providers: Redcar and Cleveland Training, Tees Valley College, Educ8 Creative Care, Educ8 Learnfit, Archway and Evolve. The school is a member of Teesside Learning Trust. Responsibility for the school rests with the board of trustees. The structure of the trust’s governance and management can be found on the school’s website. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ progress and attainment in English and mathematics by the end of Year 11.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an inadequate school Over time, pupils’ progress from their different starting points is very poor in a number of subjects. In 2017, pupils’ progress was significantly below the national average in English, mathematics, science and humanities. The progress of the most able pupils and disadvantaged pupils is inadequate. In many subjects, they continue to make extremely weak progress. Leaders, including governors and trustees, have been unable to halt the decline in the quality of education that pupils receive. A significant minority of parents, carers and staff believe that the school is not as good as it used to be. The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is far too variable. Teachers do not consider pupils’ starting points well enough. They often set work which is too easy, for example, covering ground from primary school that does not stretch or challenge pupils. Leaders’ checks on the quality of teaching, learning and assessment do not consistently identify the substantial problems that exist. Safeguarding is not effective. Procedures to confirm the whereabouts of pupils who attend alternative provision are not fit for purpose; Leaders are unsure where pupils are for extended periods of time. Attendance rates are below average overall and for most pupil groups. Pupils are more likely to be persistently absent than others nationally, especially disadvantaged pupils and pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities. The behaviour of pupils is inadequate. This is characterised by above-average rates of fixed-term exclusions and low-level disruption in a large majority of lessons. Systems to deal with disruptive behaviour are not used consistently and have limited success. Instances of bullying are not rare. Teachers’ assessment of pupils’ understanding and progress is inaccurate. There is little correlation between pupils’ assessment grades and the progress they make. The school has the following strengths The progress of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities in the ‘platinum’ groups is improving. Teaching is personalised and meets pupils’ varying needs more effectively. Careers education is strong. Pupils receive a wide range of impartial advice and guidance. The proportion of pupils who progress to further education, training or employment is high.