North Kesteven Academy

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About North Kesteven Academy

Name North Kesteven Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Joanne Tunnicliffe
Address Moor Lane, North Hykeham, Lincoln, LN6 9AG
Phone Number 01522881010
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 710
Local Authority Lincolnshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils enjoy school and are happy coming here. They feel safe and get along well with staff. Teachers work hard to promote an inclusive culture.

They support all pupils to settle in using their 'cares' approach. The school's work in promoting pupils' personal development is a strength, including their understanding of democracy and the rule of law. Clubs and extra-curricular activities have restarted after the COVID-19 restrictions.

These include a wide range of opportunities in music, drama and sport.

Leaders have high expectations for pupils' behaviour. However, this is not managed consistently across the school.

In a minority of lessons, low-level... disruption affects pupils' learning. The large majority of pupils who expressed a view said that leaders deal with bullying effectively when it happens.

Leaders and governors are ambitious for pupils to succeed, but the quality of education is inconsistent.

Subjects are planned well. However, the teaching of the curriculum does not help pupils to know and remember more in all subjects. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are not supported as effectively as they could be.

Sixth-form students are enthusiastic learners and act as good role models for younger pupils. They achieve well and leaders are ambitious for their future destinations.

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

Senior leaders have high aspirations for pupils.

They have designed a broad and ambitious curriculum for all pupils, including pupils with SEND. Subject leaders have considered carefully what they want pupils to learn and when. The curriculum is ordered appropriately and teachers are clear about the content that they should deliver.

Typically, teachers have strong knowledge of the subjects they teach.

Teachers do not use assessment information consistently well to inform their teaching. For example, some teachers do not use assessment successfully to check that pupils remember what they have previously learned.

Teachers do not always address pupils' misconceptions. This prevents pupils from overcoming gaps in their learning and achieving as well as they should. For example, in a science lesson, younger pupils were not clear about the nucleus of an atom, confusing this with plant cells.

Leaders have ensured that the systems to identify the needs of pupils with SEND are effective. Pupils with SEND follow the same curriculum as others, but they are not always supported well enough in class. Although teachers receive advice on how to adapt the curriculum for pupils with SEND, they do not always use this guidance effectively.

Leaders are ambitious for all pupils to develop a love of reading. They have focused on helping pupils to develop their vocabulary through a well-organised approach. All younger pupils have a dedicated lesson once a fortnight that helps them to improve their vocabulary and reading skills.

To support reading further, students in the sixth form run the library at lunchtime, which pupils find helpful.

Pupils know that staff expect them to behave well. Leaders have ensured that systems are in place to help teachers to manage behaviour.

However, some staff do not apply these systems consistently. This means that there are times when pupils' learning is disrupted by the behaviour of others.

The provision for pupils' personal development is strong.

Pupils benefit from a range of experiences that prepare them well for life beyond school. The relationships and sex education curriculum develops pupils' knowledge in an age-appropriate way. Pupils explore a range of topics, including identity, rights and responsibilities, safety and security, and health.

Leaders have ensured that there is a comprehensive careers programme, including for those in the sixth form. Leaders make sure that pupils receive information from the full range of post-16 providers. Pupils were very positive about the help that they receive to make informed decisions about the next stage of their education, employment or training.

Students enjoy their sixth-form experience. They get on well with each other and with staff. Students study courses that match their interests and aspirations.

Teachers in the sixth form have strong subject knowledge. Students have positive attitudes towards their studies and their attendance is high. There are over 25 students in leadership roles, including acting as librarians and anti-bullying ambassadors.

Students are full of praise for the support they receive.

Governors have correctly identified the priorities for the school. They are realistic about how long these will take to have full impact, particularly following the COVID-19 pandemic.

School leaders take staff workload into account, and staff said that generally, they feel well supported.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

The members of the safeguarding team take their responsibilities seriously.

They train staff well and provide regular updates on safeguarding issues. Staff know what to do if they have concerns over a pupil's welfare. The safeguarding team works with pastoral staff to support pupils' welfare.

Leaders pursue any concerns about pupils' safety with rigour and sensitivity. They have developed purposeful links with safeguarding partners.

Governors are well trained on safeguarding issues.

External partners provide additional guidance and assurance on safeguarding practice, including in relation to harmful sexual behaviours.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• The quality of education is inconsistent. Some teachers do not use assessment information consistently well to check that pupils' prior knowledge is secure, to identify misconceptions and to design subsequent learning.

This means that there are times when pupils have not grasped new knowledge well enough before teachers move the learning on. This delays pupils from building on what they already know. Leaders should ensure that teachers know how best to use assessment strategies to check that pupils know and remember more over time.

• Although pupils with SEND follow the same curriculum as others, they are not supported well enough in class, and teaching is not sufficiently adapted to help them learn well. Teachers do receive clear guidance to help them adapt lessons for pupils with SEND, but they do not use this guidance well enough. Leaders and governors should ensure that support for these pupils is strengthened across the curriculum.

• Despite recent changes to the school's behaviour policy, teachers' expectations in the classroom remain inconsistent. This leads to low-level disruption, which, in turn, is sometimes unchallenged and disrupts learning in lessons. Leaders should ensure that staff understand how and why to apply the school's behaviour policy consistently, both in lessons and around the school.

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