|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
|Inspection Date||05 March 2014|
|Address||Nunthorpe Avenue, York, North Yorkshire, YO23 1WF|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||1042 (50% boys 50% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||18.1|
|Academy Sponsor||South Bank Multi Academy Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||6.9%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||3.8%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||8.4%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
This is an average-sized secondary school. A below average proportion of students is eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for students in local authority care, for those known to be eligible for free school meals and children from service families. The proportion of students with special educational needs and supported at school action is average. The proportion of students with special educational needs and supported either through school action plus or a statement of special educational needs is average. Most students are from White British backgrounds The school works closely with Askham Bryan College, York, for provision of some off-site courses for Key Stage 4. In 2013, the school met the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. The school is improving at a very swift pace. Achievement is rising rapidly in most subjects, but particularly so in English. The gap in achievement between students supported by the pupil premium and others is reducing year-on-year. There has been a very successful drive to improve teaching. Most of the teaching observed by inspectors was of good quality. Students are polite, well mannered and relate well to each other and to adult visitors to the school. They feel safe and secure. The headteacher has a clarity of vision, which has served to motivate the senior team and all staff. Improving teaching and raising achievement is central to this vision. The school’s tracking of students’ progress is simple for all to understand, yet highly effective to make sure students do not slip behind with their achievement. The governing body provides plentiful high-quality support and challenge to school leaders. It is not yet an outstanding school because : While teachers mark students’ work, students do not always make the necessary improvements to it, which affects their progress. Students’ work is sometimes carelessly presented. Middle leaders do not all check on the quality of marking and teaching with equal rigour.