|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||27 November 2013|
|Address||High Street, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 7BD|
|Number of Pupils||918 (89% boys 11% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||18.5|
|Academy Sponsor||The Haberdashers' Livery Company|
|Local Authority||Telford and Wrekin|
|Percentage Free School Meals||2%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||15.9%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
Information about this school
Adams’ Grammar school converted to an academy in January 2011. When the predecessor school, Adams’ Grammar School, was last inspected by Ofsted it was judged to be outstanding. This oversubscribed school is smaller than the average secondary school with a sixth form, and has boarding provision for 90 boys. The large sixth form accepts boys and girls from the wider area. The school is a Haberdashers’ Company school, and the company appoints the governing body. It is federated with Abraham Darby School in Telford. The student population is stable with very few students joining or leaving the school partway through the year. The proportion of students from minority ethnic groups is much lower than the national average. Very few students are eligible for support through the pupil premium, the additional funding provided by the government for students who are looked after by the local authority, known to be eligible for free school meals or children of service families. A much smaller than average proportion of students are disabled or have special educational needs, supported through school action, school action plus or a have statement of special educational needs. The school does not use alternative provision. The school is on two sites about a mile apart. One site is used predominately for boarding and for games. The school meets the government’s current floor standard, which sets the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. The rich and varied curriculum, coupled with outstanding teaching over time, ensures that all students develop excellent attitudes to learning and achieve extremely well. Academic standards are exceptionally high. The excellent educational opportunities, in particular the extensive range of extra-curricular activities, develop in students a wide range of personal skills and attributes that equip them exceedingly well for the next stage of their education and the world beyond school. Students’ behaviour is outstanding, and they feel safe in the school. The school’s leaders consistently reinforce the highest expectations of all staff and high aspirations for all students, including those who are disabled or have special educational needs and those who are eligible for support through the pupil premium. As a result all groups of students achieve exceptionally well. Teachers know students exceptionally well as individuals. They ensure that teaching fuels students’ interests and encourages them to be active learners who use their initiative. The boarding provision is good, and enables boarders to achieve outstanding learning outcomes. Boarders grow in confidence and are very positive about their boarding experience. They relish the extensive opportunities offered to them. Boarding provision is not yet outstanding because : further improvements need to be made to the quality of accommodation. The school meets the national minimum standards for boarding schools. The sixth form is outstanding. All students in the sixth form make exceptional progress in all subjects, including those who have entered from other schools because of the well planned courses offered by the school. The senior leaders have a blend of skills which enable the team to lead and manage with exceptional effectiveness. Outstanding leadership and governance ensures that all staff constantly strive for the very best for students and thus the school has built effectively on its existing strengths.