Kingsbury Academy

Name Kingsbury Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Kingsbury Road, Coventry, CV6 1PJ
Phone Number 02476594952
Type Academy (special)
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 83 (79.5% boys 20.5% girls)
Academy Sponsor Thrive Education Partnership
Local Authority Coventry
Percentage Free School Meals 34.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 33.3%
Persisitent Absence 23.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (30 June 2015)
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Information about this school

RNIB Three Spires Academy provides for pupils aged 3 to 11 with moderate or severe learning difficulties, but many also have additional disabilities. All pupils have statements of special educational needs (currently being transferred into ‘education health care plans’). Their additional needs include autistic spectrum disorder, sensory impairments and epilepsy. Some exhibit challenging behaviours. Early Years and Key Stage 1 pupils are taught in class groups of up to ten. Key Stage 2 classes are slightly larger at 13 or 14 pupils. The school has a full-time class of 10 Early Years children based at its partner RNIB school. There are significantly more boys on roll than girls. An above average proportion of pupils, are supported by the pupil premium (additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, and for children who are looked after). The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is above average, as is the number of pupils from homes where families speak English as an additional language. These pupils experience the same communication difficulties as their peers, reflecting their special educational needs. The school is part of the RNIB Special Education Trust. The school became an academy in September 2013.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Good leadership and management, including effective support from the Trust and governors, ensure that teachers are supported and trained well. Hence, they are equipped to do a good job. Therapies to help improve their communication, including speech, along with the wide range of subjects they study enable pupils to make the most of their life chances. Pupils’ understanding of democracy is promoted well through their involvement in electing the school council. Representatives on the council consult with their peers about issues that they would like to change. Pupils learn tolerance of other faiths and cultures. Behaviour is good. Pupils learn about how to keep themselves safe. Teaching is good. It is flexible and meets a wide range of pupils’ needs. Consequently, pupils grow as successful learners. Provision in the early years is good. Children make good gains in communicating their needs and in their personal development. Pupils make good progress in English and mathematics. The school is improving because leaders are ambitious and always striving to achieve more. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Assessments of pupils’ ongoing work are sometimes not used sufficiently well to set activities at the correct level of challenge. Information and communication technology equipment is not good enough to improve the communication of pupils with the most complex needs.