Read Academy


Name Read Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 30 April 2019
Address 34 Mansfield Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 3BD
Phone Number 02085549111
Type Independent
Age Range 3-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Redbridge
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Read Academy is an independent selective day school. All pupils are of Muslim faith. The proprietor is the Read Academy Trust, which is chaired by the headteacher. There is a separate governing body that has responsibility for governance. The school is operating outside of its registration agreement. The proprietor has made multiple changes to the school, including the age range of pupils, the maximum number of pupils and the premises. However, the proprietor has applied to the Department for Education to make further changes. The early years provision consists of a Reception class and a Nursery class. There is one class in each year, but sometimes classes are combined where numbers on roll are small. There are currently no pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities. There are no pupils who speak English as an additional language. The school’s last inspection was an additional inspection in October 2018. The overall outcome was that the school did not meet all of independent school standards checked during the inspection. The school does not use alternative providers.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders and governors have dealt firmly with the weaknesses found at previous inspections. As a result, they ensure that the school meets the independent school standards in full. Leaders at all levels share the headteacher’s vision for pupils’ education. They work together to ensure that pupils are safe and able to learn. Most pupils achieve well in their subjects and make successful progress, especially in mathematics. The provision in the early years is good overall. Children make strong progress to achieve the early learning goals by the end of Reception. The outdoor space in the early years is not adapted successfully to meet the needs of all children. In most cases, teaching promotes pupils’ learning well. The curriculum is mostly effective in helping pupils to deepen their knowledge and skills. Improvements in the teaching of reading have led to better literacy. Pupils read frequently and enjoy a lot of different books. In a few cases, teaching is not planned well enough to stretch and challenge the most able pupils. As a result, these pupils are not reaching their full potential. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.