Ormiston Six Villages Academy

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About Ormiston Six Villages Academy

Name Ormiston Six Villages Academy
Website http://www.ormistonsixvillagesacademy.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspections
Principal Mr Paul Slaughter
Address Lime Avenue, Westergate, Chichester, PO20 3UE
Phone Number 01243546800
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 654
Local Authority West Sussex
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

There is a strong sense of community in this friendly and inclusive school. Most pupils enjoy school life.

Relationships between staff and pupils are based on mutual respect. This means that the majority of pupils are kind and courteous. If incidents of bullying or discrimination do happen, leaders act quickly to address these.

Pupils are safe because staff care for them well.

Leaders and staff set high expectations for pupils' learning, including those pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). The school is a calm, orderly place.

In lessons, most pupils focus on their work and try their best. They appreciate the support they ...get from staff, which helps them to learn well. However, there is a small minority of pupils who repeatedly show negative attitudes toward their education.

Pupils learn to become responsible, respectful citizens. For instance, they are setting up a relaxing 'community garden' for their friends and local residents to appreciate and enjoy. Pupils relish taking on leadership roles, such as being a member of the school council or as a 'well-being ambassador'.

They benefit from the wide range of interesting clubs on offer. As one pupil said, 'There is something for everyone here.'

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

Leaders and governors are ambitious for staff and pupils.

Leaders are working resolutely to ensure that the school continues to go from strength to strength. The school is becoming increasingly popular with parents within, and beyond, the local area. As a result, the number of pupils on roll continues to grow.

Leaders have made significant improvements to the curriculum, which is now broad and balanced. Teachers are clear about the small steps of knowledge that pupils should learn and remember well. This means that pupils are introduced to new learning in a logical way.

Leaders and teachers identify the needs of pupils with SEND accurately, but these are not met in some classes. Developing pupils' vocabulary and reading runs through the curriculum. Weaker readers' needs are identified quickly and accurately.

Suitable additional reading support is provided to help them improve. This has a positive impact on these pupils' reading and learning.

Leaders, supported by the trust, provide staff with effective training.

As a result, the teaching of the curriculum is becoming progressively more expert. Most teachers use their strong subject knowledge to spark pupils' curiosity about the concepts taught. They efficiently use the clear routines that are in place to help pupils recall and deepen their knowledge.

Teachers use questions skilfully to spot and address any gaps in pupils' learning. However, at times, the quality of curriculum delivery by a small number of staff is still variable. When this happens, pupils do not learn as well as they could.

The trust is continuing to provide support to address this.

Leaders take every opportunity to promote good attendance. Despite their efforts, there remains a small number of pupils who do not attend regularly.

Therefore, these pupils do not benefit fully from all that the school has to offer. Leaders are taking firm and decisive action to address this.

Leaders carefully consider pupils' personal development.

For example, pupils learn about different cultures and religions. Staff give pupils opportunities to develop strength of character. Pupils learn how to take care of their mental health and well-being, including age-appropriate relationships and consent.

They are knowledgeable about the impact their actions can have on the environment. For instance, pupils are working hard to reduce the use of single-use plastic within school. Pupils receive regular, useful, unbiased careers advice.

This means that pupils are well informed about different career pathways and future study options.

Those responsible for governance are experienced and knowledgeable. They monitor and evaluate the impact of leaders' actions effectively.

Governors make sure that the processes for managing staff's well-being and workload are in place and working effectively. They recognise that although the majority of parents and carers are supportive of the school, some parents feel that communication from the school is not effective enough.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Staff are well trained and understand their responsibilities to keep pupils safe. They take prompt action should they have concerns, no matter how small. Leaders act swiftly to ensure that the right help and support are put in place for pupils and their families.

Records are thorough and detailed and show prompt actions. Leaders make the right checks on adults before they begin working at the school. Pupils are knowledgeable about how to keep themselves safe.

Leaders are aware of risks in the local community and make sure that pupils know how to protect themselves from those risks.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• A small number of teachers' implementation of the curriculum is variable. This sometimes limits how well pupils develop their knowledge and understanding.

Leaders need to continue to develop staff's teaching expertise so that all pupils learn well across the different subjects in the curriculum. ? A minority of pupils do not have positive attitudes toward their learning so they do not achieve as well as they could. Leaders should continue their work to support these pupils to understand how to modify and regulate their behaviour.

• Some pupils do not attend school regularly enough. They regularly miss out on essential learning. Leaders should ensure that the strategies they have introduced are implemented consistently to improve the attendance of all pupils, particularly those who are persistently absent.

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