Rossington All Saints Academy

Name Rossington All Saints Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 01 May 2013
Address Bond Street, Rossington, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN11 0BZ
Phone Number 01302868414
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 706 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.8
Academy Sponsor Delta Academies Trust
Local Authority Doncaster
Percentage Free School Meals 23%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.8%
Persisitent Absence 13.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 14%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The academy opened in April 2011, sponsored by the School Partnership Trust (SPT). It has a smaller than average number of students although this is rising. Around two-fifths of the students are supported by the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children in local authority care, students known to be eligible for free school meals and students whose parents are serving in the armed forces. This is above the average for schools nationally. The number of disabled students and those with special educational needs who are supported at school action plus or with a statement is above average. The number supported at school action is also above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. The academy works in collaboration with four other SPT academies in the area to widen the curriculum for sixth form students and to enhance provision for a very small minority of students with additional needs. The academy has specialisms in literacy with applied learning and sport. The academy’s recent awards include Sportsmark Gold, Youth Sports Trust Gold Partner Status, Artsmark Silver, Investors in People, Healthy School and the Doncaster Inclusion Mark.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Because of a very strong drive for excellence from senior and middle leaders, the academy has improved rapidly since it opened. Students make good progress and, at the end of Key Stage 4, they attain standards in English, mathematics and science that are in line with the national average. Underachieving students are quickly identified and helped to catch up with better teaching or a programme of support. The sixth form is good. Sixth form students make good progress in subjects that mostly meet their academic or vocational ambitions. Almost all students leaving the academy go into education, employment or training. Teaching is mostly good or outstanding. Most teachers have high expectations for what students can achieve. Many lessons make a strong contribution to students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Students behave well and have good attitudes to work. Their attendance is above average. Senior and middle leaders are very skilful in identifying the priorities for improving teaching and ensuring that they are tackled quickly and effectively. The School Partnership Trust and the governing body provide very effective support while also rigorously holding academy leaders to account for raising students’ achievement. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Academy leaders have provided training on how to plan lessons that meet the needs of all groups of students, however, the new approaches are not yet firmly established in every class. Many students rely too much on teachers’ guidance and opportunities are missed for them to take more responsibility for organising their own learning.