|Address||Halfords Lane, West Bromwich, B71 4LG|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||1336 (52.6% boys 47.4% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||13.4|
|Academy Sponsor||Thomas Telford Multi Academy Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||18.1%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||39.8%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||6.8%|
|Catchment Area Indicator Available||Yes|
|Last Distance Offered Available||No|
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (16 January 2014)
Note: There may have been more recent inspections, since 16 January 2014, such as monitoring visits or short inspections. For details of all inspections, please see above.
information about the work of the staff linked to performance management and training
arrangements, monitoring of teaching, students’ behaviour and attendance, the safeguarding of students and governance. Inspection team Ann Behan, Lead inspector Additional Inspector Shahnaz Maqsood Additional Inspector Michael Rose Additional Inspector Helen Owen Additional Inspector Paul O’Shea Additional Inspector Elizabeth Needham Additional Inspector Full report
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. Achievement is outstanding. At GCSE, the proportion of students gaining five A* to C grades including English and mathematics is well above the national average. Students are taught extremely well by dedicated and enthusiastic teachers who display a passion for their subjects and who are ambitious for students to achieve at the highest level. Oral feedback to students on how to improve their work is excellent. However, whilst there is exemplary written feedback, it is not consistent across all subjects. Support for disabled students and those with special educational needs, those for whom English is an additional language, and those who are eligible for additional government funding is excellent, enabling them to participate well and realise their full potential. Students behave exceptionally well and show high levels of respect for staff and each other. They are immensely proud of the academy and their attitudes to learning are exemplary. Students feel very safe at the academy. The academy’s highly effective curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all students extremely well, and contributes greatly to their outstanding success. Provision for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is exceptionally strong. Students are very appreciative of the wide range of clubs, extra lessons, and educational visits, both at home and abroad. The sixth form is outstanding. High-quality teaching and guidance, and strong partnerships with universities, colleges of further education and industry, provide students with excellent opportunities to pursue careers of their choice. Through his dedication and pursuit of excellence, the headteacher has inspired outstanding leadership at all levels so that teaching and achievement have improved to the highest standards. Governors use their considerable knowledge and experience to support and rigorously challenge the senior leadership team.