Seva School

Name Seva School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Address Link House, Eden Road, Coventry, CV2 2TB
Phone Number 02477987619
Type Academy
Age Range 4-16
Religious Character Sikh
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 549 (52.8% boys 47.2% girls)
Academy Sponsor Sevak Education Trust Ltd
Local Authority Coventry
Percentage Free School Meals 4.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 74.8%
Persisitent Absence 12.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.3%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (15 January 2019)
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Information about this school

Seva School is a Sikh faith free school. It is run by the Sevak Education Trust. It is governed by a board of trustees. Following the inspection in September 2016, the Department for Education (DfE) issued the school with an academy order, requiring the school to become a sponsored academy. Trustees and the DfE have not reached agreement over the choice of sponsor. The date of conversion to academy status has not been decided. The school is situated in a converted business unit on the outskirts of Coventry. Trustees have acquired a second unit and a substantial plot of land on the same business park. The school’s plans to extend the curriculum on offer include the conversion of this space to include additional classrooms, a drama studio and an outdoor multi-use games area. The school currently has pupils from the Reception Year to Year 10. In Summer 2020, the current Year 10 pupils will be the first cohort from the school to sit GCSE examinations. The school does not make use of any alternative provision.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Trustees have been unable to make permanent appointments to important leadership posts. This is because of uncertainty about the school’s future as a sponsored academy. The issue remains unresolved and continues to be a barrier to progress. Although much improved, the leadership and management of the school is still not consistently good. This is because some leaders are very new to post. Therefore, effective leadership systems are not embedded at all levels. The impact of the school’s strategy to prevent bullying is inconsistent. Pupils say that some bullying issues have not been fully resolved. Some teaching is still not good enough to secure consistently strong progress for all pupils. On occasion, some pupils are not involved in classroom discussion. This prevents them playing a full part in lessons. Outcomes for some pupils are not as good as they should be. Gaps remain in their knowledge. The school is in the early stages of creating a careers information, advice and guidance programme. Therefore, at present, the support given to pupils in preparation for the next steps in their education, employment or training is ineffective. The school has the following strengths Pupils’ behaviour is a credit to them. Their conduct and attitudes to learning make a positive contribution to their increasing academic success. The early years provision is effective. Children thrive in the happy, stimulating environment. They settle well into school life and make good progress in all areas of learning. Several new teachers have joined the school since September. This has helped improve the quality of teaching considerably. Despite the turmoil and unrest caused by the uncertainty about the school’s future, leaders have focused resolutely on improving the quality of teaching and the curriculum. As a result, the quality of education has improved much in a short time. Governance has improved. Trustees provide support for leaders to make necessary changes and hold them to account for the impact of their actions.