King Ecgbert School

Name King Ecgbert School
Ofsted Inspections
Address Totley Brook Road, Sheffield, S17 3QU
Phone Number 01142353855
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1404 (50.9% boys 49.1% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.8
Academy Sponsor Mercia Learning Trust
Local Authority Sheffield
Percentage Free School Meals 15.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 23.1%
Persistent Absence 10.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 5.2%%
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Overall, students make outstanding progress.

The proportion of students achieving five GCSE grades at A* to C, including English and mathematics, is consistently well above average. Achievement in mathematics is truly exceptional and amongst the very best nationally. Students are extraordinarily enthusiastic about learning number because : the quality of teaching is regularly outstanding.

Teachers plan imaginative activities which motivate students. There are examples of outstanding teaching in many subjects, including English, art and history. Disabled students and those who have special educational needs make outstanding as a result of excellent, targeted interventions.

Students with autism spectrum disorders receive outstanding care and guidance to support their achievement. Students' positive attitudes are reflected in their good behaviour. Attendance is above average because students value what the school offers them.

The headteacher's relentless energy, high standards and focus on every student motivate leaders at all levels. Together they have brought about outstanding improvement by continuously improving teaching and raising standards. Outstanding teaching in history, geography and art makes an exceptional contribution to students' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Governors provide senior leaders with outstanding support and challenge. Senior leaders are held to account for all aspects of the school's performance. The sixth form is outstanding.

Students make outstanding progress on a range of courses and are well prepared for their futures.

Information about this school

The school is larger than most secondary schools. The majority of students are from White British backgrounds; Pakistani, Indian and African are the largest other minority ethnic groups.

The proportion of students who speak English as an additional language is above average. The proportion of students eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and those children that are looked after, is below average. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is below average.

The proportion of students supported at school action plus or with a statement of educational needs is above average. The school has specially resourced integrated provision for 34 students with autism spectrum disorders. The school has a technology specialism.

The school works with Silverdale school and High Storrs school in the Sheffield West Learning Partnership to give students in the sixth form a wider choice of courses. The headteacher also undertakes the executive headteacher role at the school's partner school, Newfield Secondary School. King Ecgbert School converted to become an academy in October 2012.

When its predecessor school of the same name was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be good overall. The school meets the government's current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students' attainment and progress. Seven Key Stage 4 students attend off-site alternative provision, which includes the Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network (ASDAN) qualification, level 1 and BTEC level 2 courses, at Recycle Bikes, Whirlow Hall Farm, Dimensions, The Source and the Engineering Centre.