King’s Leadership Academy, Liverpool

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About King’s Leadership Academy, Liverpool

Name King’s Leadership Academy, Liverpool
Ofsted Inspections
Principal Mr Scott Cordon
Address Dingle Vale, Liverpool, L8 9SJ
Phone Number 01517271387
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 781
Local Authority Liverpool
Highlights from Latest Inspection


King's Leadership Academy, Liverpool continues to be a good school.The principal of this school is Scott Cordon. This school is part of The Great Schools Trust, which means other people in the trust also have responsibility for running the school.

The trust is run by the chief executive officer, Shane Ierston, and overseen by a board of trustees, chaired by Joseph Spencer.

What is it like to attend this school?

King's Leadership Academy is an ambitious place for pupils to learn in. The school's vision to raise aspirations for all pupils, regardless of their background or circumstance, is at the heart of every aspect of school life.

Pupils develop a strong sense of characte...r, self-belief and determination to succeed.

There is a purposeful atmosphere around the school. Relationships between pupils and staff are warm and respectful.

This helps pupils to feel happy and safe. Typically, pupils greet visitors to the school with a handshake. They are confident, well mannered and eager to share their opinions.

Pupils usually behave well. They focus on learning in lessons.

The school has high expectations of pupils' learning.

Pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), are gaining from a bold curriculum that reflects the school's local context. Increasingly, pupils benefit from the school and the trust's raised expectations of what they can achieve academically.

The school offers a thoughtful choice of extra-curricular activities and wider experiences.

Activities such as the combined cadet force, outdoor pursuits and residential visits develop pupils' self-confidence and resilience.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The school's curriculum is broad, balanced and challenging. Many pupils study the English Baccalaureate suite of subjects.

All pupils have access to the same curriculum, including those with SEND. Since the last inspection, there has been a strong focus on curriculum refinement. Consequently, the most important knowledge that pupils should know and remember has been mapped out.

Across subjects, topics are covered that are relevant to the backgrounds of pupils, as well as the life skills that are essential to their success. As a result, pupils value the experiences they have in lessons.

The school is highly inclusive and serves a diverse and sometimes transient school community.

Since the last inspection, the number of pupils on roll has significantly increased. This means that there are many pupils, especially in key stage 4, who did not begin their secondary education at the school. Although some pupils in Year 11 in 2022 did not achieve outcomes in line with their peers nationally in external examinations, these results do not reflect the progress of current pupils through the curriculum.

The trust has supported teachers well so that they gain the expertise to deliver learning effectively. Mostly, teachers select appropriate activities to deliver the curriculum as the school intends. However, in some subjects, teachers do not use the school's assessment strategies well to identify gaps in pupils' knowledge and to reshape learning.

This means that some teachers move on before pupils are ready. Consequently, a few pupils, including some of those with SEND, do not achieve as well as they could.

The school uses effective strategies to address the deficits in pupils' reading knowledge.

For example, in all year groups, there is curriculum time dedicated to improving pupils' reading skills. Pupils who find reading more difficult are supported to catch up quickly so that they can access the full curriculum.

The school swiftly identifies pupils with SEND.

Teachers are provided with up-to-date information on the additional learning needs of individual pupils. Increasingly, this information is used to ensure that pupils are well supported to access the curriculum.

The school has embedded clear routines for behaviour.

Classrooms are calm and orderly. Pupils rarely disrupt lessons with off-task behaviour. The school ensures that rules are fair and consistently applied.

Pupils' personal development is a high priority in this school. Learning activities relating to pupils' cultural and moral development are a particular strength. Pupils have a clear understanding and appreciation for different faiths, cultures and beliefs.

They learn about issues relevant to relationships and sex education. The school has engaged with community faith leaders, parents and carers on important issues to ensure that pupils are fully prepared for life growing up in modern Britain.

The school has recently developed opportunities for pupils in Year 10 to complete work experience.

However, some pupils do not receive enough high-quality careers guidance and information on potential next steps. This means that some pupils do not have the knowledge they need to make informed choices about their next steps in education, training or employment.

The trust invests in staff development and staff well-being.

This means that staff feel valued and are proud to work at the school. The trust acts decisively to address the school's priorities. Trust members have a strong understanding of the school's work and use their knowledge to provide timely and effective support and challenge.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In some subjects, teachers do not use the school's assessment strategies well to identify gaps in pupils' knowledge and reshape learning. This means that some teachers move on before pupils are ready.

Consequently, some pupils do not achieve as well as they could. The school should ensure that teachers know how to adapt the delivery of the curriculum to address these misunderstandings. ? Some pupils do not receive enough information about the next steps in their education or the future career paths that they may take.

This means some pupils do not have the knowledge they need to make informed choices. The school should ensure that these pupils receive appropriate careers advice and guidance.


When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the first ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in April 2018.

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