Maiden Beech Academy

Name Maiden Beech Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 18 June 2015
Address Lyme Road, Crewkerne, Somerset, TA18 8HG
Phone Number 0146072677
Type Academy
Age Range 9-13
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 392 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.6
Academy Sponsor Bridgwater &Amp; Taunton College Trust
Local Authority Somerset
Percentage Free School Meals 7.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.3%
Persisitent Absence 7.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 15.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The academy educates students in Years 5 to 8. It is designated as a secondary school and, as such, is very much smaller than the average-size secondary school. The proportion of students who are disabled or have special educational needs is below average. Most of these students have moderate learning or behavioural difficulties. The proportion of students supported by the pupil premium (additional government funding for students who are known to be eligible for free school meals and for children who are looked after) is below average. The academy does not use any alternative provision. The academy meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. The headteacher is leaving the school in July 2015, having been appointed as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors. The governors have appointed the current deputy headteacher as acting headteacher for the autumn of 2015.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. While the academy’s overall effectiveness remains as it was at the previous inspection, there have been undoubted improvements. Weaknesses identified at that time have been rectified and there is greater consistency in the good quality teaching. Students achieve well in almost all subjects of the curriculum. The proportions making good or better progress, especially in reading and mathematics, exceed comparable averages in other schools. Teaching is good in all subjects. Work is challenging and generally meets the needs of all groups of students in the class. Teachers show students how to improve their work. Students behave well in lessons and around the school. They are polite to adults and each other. Bullying is infrequent and students say that it is dealt with effectively. Students feel safe in school and know how to keep themselves safe, for example when using the internet or taking part in outdoor activities. The curriculum prepares students well for life in modern Britain. They are excited by the many additional and outdoor activities available. Students develop a good level of understanding of aspects such as working in teams or having an understanding of democratic values. The governors have a good understanding of their role. They challenge senior leaders to bring about improvements. As a result, those areas identified as in need of improvement at the previous inspection, concerning teaching and students’ perceptions of bullying, have been successfully tackled. Led by the headteacher, staff have created a calm atmosphere where learning can thrive. This is due to their high expectations of students’ behaviour and application to learning. It is not yet an outstanding school because: Some students who start at the school with underdeveloped skills, especially in writing, do not make the progress needed to catch up. This is because some staff involved in teaching them do not use the full range of successful approaches to this work. As senior leaders recognise, too little teaching has outstanding features that generate great enthusiasm and rapid, lively learning among students.