Ian Ramsey Church of England Academy

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Ian Ramsey Church of England Academy

Name Ian Ramsey Church of England Academy
Website http://www.ianramsey.org.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 26 September 2017
Address Fairfield Road, Fairfield, Stockton-on-Tees, TS19 7AJ
Phone Number 01642585205
Type Academy
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1162 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.7
Academy Sponsor Dayspring Trust
Local Authority Stockton-on-Tees
Percentage Free School Meals 10.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.2%
Persisitent Absence 15.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 11.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school complies with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish. The school is larger than the average-sized secondary school. The vast majority of pupils are of White British heritage. Few pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for support through the pupil premium is below the national average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is below the national average, as is the proportion of pupils who have an education, health and care plan. The school uses two alternative providers for a very small minority of pupils in Years 9 and 10. These are Bishopton Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) (a local authority PRU) and The Skills Academy at Stockton Riverside College. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school became an academy in December 2014, and a member of the Dayspring Trust. Since it became an academy, there have been significant changes in staffing, including new senior and middle leaders, and new arrangements for governance.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The executive headteacher and head of school provide strong leadership. Their high expectations ensure that pupils achieve increasingly well from their starting points. Senior and middle leaders work hard for the benefit of all pupils. Staff are proud members of the school. Members of the board of trustees know the school well. They provide strong support and challenge for the school’s leaders. The school receives high-quality advice from staff within the Dayspring Trust, the Diocese of Durham and the local authority. Pupils are well looked after. They say that they feel safe, and that there is little bullying. Inspectors agree. Safeguarding arrangements are very strong. Pupils attend regularly and behave well. They show positive attitudes to their learning, and are keen to succeed. Teaching is good. The most effective teaching motivates pupils to learn and develop secure understanding. The school’s last published Year 11 results show above-average outcomes, including in English and mathematics, with particularly high outcomes in religious education. These outcomes represented good overall progress. The 2017 Year 11 results are likely to sustain overall good progress, although less so in science. Across the school, pupils continue to achieve well because of the good teaching. A minority of disadvantaged pupils, and a minority of the most able pupils, do not reach the outcomes of which they are capable. A small proportion of teaching is not challenging enough. On occasions, in some lessons, teachers do not check pupils’ learning carefully enough, and do not sufficiently adapt work to meet pupils’ changing needs. Not all leaders share the same confidence in accurately checking on the quality of teaching. The curriculum is well planned to provide a range of subjects and extra-curricular visits and experiences. These equip pupils well for the next stage in their lives. They help to promote pupils’ good spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The school’s well-planned programme of personal, social and health education, and strong Christian ethos, underpin pupils’ good understanding of British values. The vast majority of parents would recommend the school. Parents say how strong communication is between the school and families. They appreciate the way staff take on board their views, and involve them in the life of the school.