Nethergate Academy

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About Nethergate Academy

Name Nethergate Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs T Ydlibi
Address Swansdowne Drive, Clifton, Nottingham, NG11 8HX
Phone Number 01159152959
Phase Academy (special)
Type Academy special converter
Age Range 5-19
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 158 (69.6% boys 30.4% girls)
Academy Sponsor Greenwood Academies Trust
Local Authority Nottingham
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The executive principal has a strong vision and determination for continual improvement. Self-evaluation is highly accurate. The whole-school planning is always centred on improving outcomes in pupils' learning, and their well-being.

The highly effective governors share the executive principal's ambition. Their decision to join the multi-academy trust last year has further strengthened and secured school improvement. Senior and middle leaders are highly skilled and share the determination for each pupil to succeed.

They have developed a warm, purposeful learning environment, which motivates pupils to quickly engage in education af...ter their admission to the school. Pupils make excellent progress from their starting points because learning is personalised, expectations are high and no ceiling is placed on what they can achieve. Teaching is consistently strong across the school.

Teachers have excellent subject knowledge. Staff know their pupils well. They show compassion and provide consistent care.

They are excellent role models. Behaviour is excellent. Pupils are very respectful of each other, staff and visitors.

They value their own work and the efforts of others. Pupils say that they enjoy school and feel safe. They are very well informed about how to keep themselves safe, including keeping safe online.

Strong and effective partnerships are established with parents and carers and outside agencies. Parents say that they highly value the help and support from school staff, who go 'above and beyond' to help their children. Pupils experience a wide range of activities in the rich Nethergate curriculum.

Their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is catered for very well. Students aged 16 to 19 make outstanding progress and achieve recognised accreditation. They are exceptionally well prepared for college or employment because staff work with providers to make sure that their transition is as smooth as possible.

Governors and leaders recognise the need to continue to maximise learning for all in response to the admission of an increasing number of pupils with complex needs.

Information about this school

Nethergate School, as a stand-alone special academy, joined Greenwood Academy Trust in May 2017. The school is sponsored by the trust.

The school provides for pupils with moderate and severe learning difficulties. A growing number of pupils also experience other complex needs, such as social, emotional and mental health needs, autism and speech and language difficulties. All pupils have an education, health and care plan or a statement of special educational needs.

The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is well above average. The school uses Nottingham College as a provider for pupils in key stage 4 and students in key stage 5. A new sixth-form block was opened in 2017 for students in key stage 5.