Hall Cross Academy

Name Hall Cross Academy
Website http://hallcrossacademy.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Thorne Road, Doncaster, DN1 2HY
Phone Number 01302320626
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1892 (45.9% boys 54.1% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.4
Academy Sponsor Hall Cross Academy Trust
Local Authority Doncaster
Percentage Free School Meals 21.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 23.2%
Persistent Absence 14.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.7%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (30 April 2014)
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Information about this school

The academy is much larger than other secondary schools and the largest in Doncaster. The sixth form is also very large. The academy has two sites, with students in Years 7 to 9 on one and those in Years 10 to 13 on the other. The large majority of students are of White British heritage. There is growing proportion of students from minority ethnic backgrounds and those who speak English as an additional language. The proportion of students with special educational needs who are supported at the level known as school action is below average. The proportion supported at school action plus, or with a statement of special educational needs, is also below average. The proportion of students supported by the pupil premium is above average. Pupil premium funding supports those who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those in the care of a local authority. The academy meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 11. Hall Cross is a member of the Yorkshire Education Trust, which is an informal partnership with three other academies, designed to promote collaboration and improvement across the participating schools, including support for training new teachers and the development of staff. The academy has alternative provision arrangements through the Doncaster Local Partnership at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster supporting some students in Key Stage 3.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Since the last inspection, leaders have successfully improved the quality of teaching and, as a result, students now achieve well, particularly in Years 7 to 11. Achievement in mathematics has risen markedly over the past year, particularly for the most able students. Students supported by the pupil premium achieve well. Gaps in the attainment between these students and their peers are closing quickly. Teaching is good with some that is outstanding. Strong working partnerships between staff and students lead to a culture of learning that supports good progress. Students’ behaviour and attitudes to learning have improved and are now good. Disruptions to learning are rare. Students feel safe and there are good systems in place to keep them safe in the academy. The skills of leaders at all levels, including governors, have developed well. They have ensured that students’ achievement, behaviour and attendance have all improved and have the ability to continue to do so. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The sixth from requires improvement. In some subjects, sixth form students do not make consistently good progress because : they are insufficiently challenged. Some new policies and actions by the academy have yet to impact on students’ achievement in all subjects, particularly in the sixth form. Not all teachers apply a consistent approach to assessing students’ achievement or provide work that challenges, inspires and engages them. Although attendance is improving, an above average proportion of students are still regularly absent. Not all middle leaders hold teachers fully to account for the progress their students make.