President Kennedy School Academy

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President Kennedy School Academy


Name President Kennedy School Academy
Website http://www.pks.coventry.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
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.
Address Rookery Lane, Coventry, CV6 4GL
Phone Number 02476661416
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1605 (52.1% boys 47.9% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.9
Academy Sponsor The Futures Trust
Local Authority Coventry
Percentage Free School Meals 21.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 23.1%
Persisitent Absence 15.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 16.1%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (10 July 2013)
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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.

Information about this school

The school is larger than most secondary schools. The proportion of students eligible for the pupil premium (additional government funding for students entitled to free school meals, who are looked after by the local authority or whose parents are in the armed forces) is above average. The proportions of students who come from minority ethnic backgrounds or whose first language is not English are much higher than in most schools. Both the proportions of students with special educational needs supported through school action and the proportion who are supported at school action plus or who have a statement of special educational needs are much higher than average. The proportion of students who join or leave the school other than at the start of Year 7 and the end of Year 11 is much higher than in most schools. The school has specially resourced provision for students with special educational needs. There are 10 students with speech and language difficulties. A small number of students in Years 10 and 11 attend part-time work-related courses at City College, Arthur Rank, the Belgrade Theatre and the Herbert Art Gallery. A very small number of sixth form students participate in consortium lessons in other 11-18 schools in the City. The school meets the government’s current floor standards which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Leaders, staff and governors share a passionate commitment to raise the aspirations and achievement of all the students who attend the school. The headteacher and senior team have a very clear vision of good teaching and learning and have used this to drive up standards of teaching in all areas. Nearly all the teaching in the school is consistently good or outstanding. Students achieve exceptionally well and above national averages by the end of Key Stage 4. This is despite many of them starting in Year 7 with attainment that is well below the national average. The progress that students make in English and mathematics is much better than the progress of students in most schools. The school has made exceptionally good provision to help improve the reading, writing and speaking of students, so that their literacy skills do not hold back their learning in other subjects. The results are impressive, and most students can talk confidently about their learning. The school has an exceptional commitment to equality of opportunity. Real efforts are made to ensure that no student experiences any barrier to their learning. Great care is taken to ensure that the most able, students whose circumstances make them vulnerable or with special educational needs are supported, encouraged and inspired to do well. Very challenging targets are set for students when they join the school. The progress of each student towards their target is monitored regularly, and action is quickly taken if anyone looks to be falling behind. The sixth form is good and students make progress that is in line with national averages. It is not yet outstanding because the range of subjects offered does not fully meet the needs of all students who join the sixth form and because not all teachers have yet mastered the particular skills of teaching this age group most effectively. Behaviour is outstanding. Students are typically polite, well-motivated and considerate towards each other. They respond very well to requests and instructions from teachers and can quickly and responsibly work in pairs or groups. The leadership of the headteacher has been clear, firm and inspirational. He is very ably supported by excellent leaders in the senior team and by those who lead departments and other aspects of the school. The impact of governance is outstanding.