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Moor End Academy is outstanding. The very strong promotion of students' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development ensures that they thrive in the supportive and highly cohesive learning community. High aspirations, outstanding teaching and the rich curriculum result in outstanding achievement.
Achievement is outstanding because students consistently make significantly more progress than students nationally in English, science and mathematics. Since the previous inspection the proportion gaining five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English and mathematics, has risen faster than nationally. Attainment is now average overall.
The attainment of Pakistani students, and those eligibl...e for free school meals, is above average for those groups. Teaching is outstanding because it is consistently good, with much that is outstanding. A few lessons are satisfactory, especially in mathematics.
Excellent relationships and high-quality planning promote a positive culture for learning. The teaching of thinking skills makes a distinctive contribution to the quality of learning. The actions to develop skills in reading and writing across the curriculum have begun to have an impact in some subjects.
The outstanding behaviour in and out of lessons makes a valuable contribution to the quality of learning. The strong consideration and respect shown by students and the high level of engagement and cooperation enable students of all abilities to achieve well in lessons. Levels of exclusion are below average.
Attendance has improved and is above average. Outstanding leadership and management have produced a strong track record of continuous improvement in achievement, teaching and behaviour. The relentless drive of the Principal is well supported by governors and leaders at all levels.
Planning and the management of staff performance are informed by accurate and deeply reflective self-evaluation at school and subject level. The academy has an outstanding capacity for sustained improvement.
Information about the school
Moor End Technology College converted to Moor End Academy in August 2011.
The academy is smaller than the average-sized secondary school. The proportion of students known to be eligible to free school meals is well above average. Approximately three quarters of students are from minority ethnic groups.
The proportion of the students with special educational needs who are supported by school action is well above average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is a little above average. The academy has a specially resourced provision for students with special educational needs, managed by the local authority.
Twelve students with a visual impairment are supported by this unit and are fully integrated into the academy. The academy meets the government's floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students' attainment and progress. The academy holds an award for its provision for more-able students and is accredited as a centre for creativity and thinking.
Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms
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