Lincroft Academy

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About Lincroft Academy

Name Lincroft Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Head of Lincroft School Ms Emma Appadoo
Address Station Road, Oakley, Bedford, MK43 7RE
Phone Number 01234822147
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1007
Local Authority Bedford
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Many pupils enjoy their time at Lincroft Academy. They get on well with their peers and staff.

This is not the case for all. Some pupils say their learning is disrupted by poor behaviour. Pupils told inspectors that, while they feel safe, a minority of pupils can be silly around the school.

Their poor behaviour impacts on others. This was a concern for parents, and a significant minority would not recommend the school. Leaders have started to tackle pupils' concerns but this work has been slowed by the pandemic.

Pupils say that leaders are dealing with poor behaviour when it occurs. Discriminatory language, for instance, is not tolerated when heard by staff. ...Pupils are pleased that leaders are taking their concerns seriously.

For example, pupils report the small amounts of bullying with the knowledge that staff will sort it out and stop it from happening. Leaders are reteaching pupils about their expectations and systems. While behaviour is improving, it is not always good.

Pupils access a wide range of clubs and other experiences. They are excited about the return of trips abroad. Younger pupils have recently started the school's 'PLEDGES' awards scheme which supports their wider development.

Pupils are rewarded, for example, when they choose to read widely, support others in their community and take on leadership roles.

Pupils study a broad range of different subjects. The school's curriculum is ambitious for all pupils.

Pupils in the specialist autism provision, for example, access a bespoke curriculum suited to their needs. There is work to do, however, to make sure the curriculum is implemented well across all subjects.

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

Since the previous inspection, the school has undergone significant change from a middle school to a secondary school.

Against the challenges of the pandemic, leaders had to work quickly to re-establish school behaviour routines and develop a curriculum that was suitable for secondary school pupils. In September 2021, a new trust took over and the pace of change accelerated.

The principal and his team reviewed and changed the school's curriculum plans.

Leaders adapted the curriculum so it was suitable for pupils in both key stage 3 and key stage 4. Many of the school's curriculum plans lay out knowledge in a logical order. In the strongest subjects, curriculum leaders have thought carefully about what is important for pupils to know.

This work, however, is uneven and so some curriculum areas are more developed than others. Leaders know what to do to make the plans better but there is more work to do.

While many of the subject plans are well laid out, they are not always used well in class.

Some teachers do not pick activities that support learning or build on what pupils already know. For example, assessment is not always clearly linked to the knowledge taught. While there are subjects in the school where pupils are making good progress, these inconsistencies are preventing the curriculum from having the positive impact it should have.

Leaders have taken steps to support pupils who need help with their reading. Pupils who struggle with reading are identified early and get effective support to catch up to their peers. Pupils are reading a wider range of books than before.

Leaders' plans to improve the love of reading are starting to have an impact.

Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are well supported. In class, teachers use the detailed 'provision maps' to make helpful adjustments to their lessons to support pupils with SEND.

In the specialist provision, pupils have the right academic and emotional support to ensure they succeed in the school and beyond. Where pupils with SEND do not make enough progress, this is a reflection of other issues in the wider school curriculum.

Leaders have high expectations of pupils' behaviour.

Not all pupils are living up to these high expectations. Leaders have improved the systems and processes to deal with behaviour but not all staff use them consistently well. While many pupils are well behaved, a minority disrupt pupils' learning.

Pupils' behaviour still needs to improve.

Pupils access a well-considered careers education programme that effectively guides and supports pupils with their next steps. The personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education curriculum is well planned and sequenced.

It covers a range of important topics that teach pupils, for instance, to develop an age-appropriate understanding of relationships, respect and tolerance. Many pupils value these sessions as a way to discuss and debate important issues. Some pupils, however, do not always take the PSHE lessons seriously despite leaders' best intentions.

School leaders, supported by the trust, have made many recent changes in their drive to improve the school. The pandemic has played a part in delaying the impact of some of these changes. Leaders' plans for the future detail clearly what further work needs to be done to make the school better for everyone.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders have established clear processes for reporting concerns about pupils. Staff understand and use these for reporting concerns about pupils' well-being.

Safeguarding records show that leaders are quick to respond to any worries that arise about pupils. Leaders work with a range of agencies to ensure pupils and their families get the right support, including those pupils in the specialist provision.Staff teach pupils how to stay safe, including online.

Consequently, pupils know what to do if they are sent an inappropriate image or who to tell if they are worried.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In some subjects, the curriculum is not always implemented well. Some teachers do not choose appropriate activities that are linked to the key knowledge pupils need to learn.

Consequently, some pupils do not learn as well as they should. Leaders need to ensure the curriculum they intend is consistently implemented by all. ? Assessment is not always aligned with the key knowledge taught.

This means that teachers are not consistently spotting gaps in pupils' understanding. Leaders need to ensure that all assessment aligns with the key knowledge taught and that teachers use it regularly to prevent pupils from falling behind with their learning. ? Not all staff have the same high expectations of behaviour as leaders.

Some staff do not implement the school's behaviour strategies consistently both in and out of class. As a result, pupils' experiences are affected by the poor behaviour of others. Leaders need to ensure all staff deal with poor behaviour consistently and effectively.

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