Ripley St Thomas Church of England Academy

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Ripley St Thomas Church of England Academy

Name Ripley St Thomas Church of England Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 07 December 2011
Address Ashton Road, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 4RS
Phone Number 0152464496
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1733 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.0
Academy Sponsor The Bay Learning Trust
Local Authority Lancashire
Percentage Free School Meals 7.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.4%
Persisitent Absence 12.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 0.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

Ripley St Thomas Church of England Academy converted to academy status on 1 May 2011, replacing Ripley St Thomas Church of England High School. It is much larger than the average sized secondary school. The large majority of students are White British, with a very small number from ethnic minority backgrounds. Almost all students speak English as their first language. The percentage of students with special educational needs and/or disabilities is much lower than average, although an average number have a statement of special educational needs. The proportion of students known to be eligible for free school meals is much lower than average. The academy is a specialist college for languages, technology, Leading Edge Partnerships and the rural dimension, as well as being a Training School, Gifted and Talented Lead School and Support School designated by the National College for School Leadership. It holds numerous awards, including Investor in People, Healthy School status, International School and the Cultural Diversity Quality Standard Gold award. Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms

Main findings

Ripley St Thomas Church of England Academy provides an outstanding education for its students and demonstrates excellence in all aspects of its work. Students’ attainment is high and their achievement is outstanding, both in academic terms and in the way they develop into mature, confident, reflective and compassionate young people who enjoy learning and make a significant contribution to their community. The academy combines proud traditions with innovative practice to provide its students with excellent teaching, a vibrant curriculum and highly effective care, guidance and support. It encourages all its students and staff to ‘Believe.....’ This concept underpins the academy’s Christian foundation and also fosters the self-esteem, creativity and reflection that characterise teachers, leaders and students. As one student commented, ‘the Ripley family is very special and we are proud to be part of it.’ The academy is at the forefront of development in design and technology teaching and has made excellent use of its wide ranging-specialisms to create exceptional experiences for its students. Incisive and continuous self-evaluation mean that the academy’s many strengths are recognised, shared and celebrated; any underachievement is quickly identified and addressed. Increasingly outward-facing leadership has brought many benefits to the academy and its partners. As a Training School and Support School, the academy provides extensive and beneficial support to other schools, a process that has brought new dimensions to the academy’s own work. Best practice is explored at national and international levels and provides a point of reference for the academy’s ongoing improvement. The sixth form is outstanding and makes a major contribution to the ethos of the main academy. Attainment in the sixth form is above average and rising impressively in response to the same outstanding provision and leadership that are evident in Key Stages 3 and 4. The academy has built effectively on the outstanding outcomes noted at its previous inspection and has no major areas for improvement at this time. The academy’s impressive trajectory of improvement, strong management systems and outstanding governance mean that it has outstanding capacity to improve and provides outstanding value for money.