Sidney Stringer Academy

Name Sidney Stringer Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address 2 Primrose Hill Street, Coventry, CV1 5LY
Phone Number 02476251756
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1452 (56.1% boys 43.9% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 13.9
Academy Sponsor Sidney Stringer Multi Academy Trust
Local Authority Coventry
Percentage Free School Meals 30.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 78.4%
Persisitent Absence 8.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 15.4%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (13 March 2013)
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Information about this school

The academy is larger than the average secondary school. The proportion of students from minority ethnic backgrounds is more than four times the national figure. The proportion who speak English as an additional language is more than six times the national figure. The academy population is drawn from a wide variety of ethnic groups and nationalities. The percentage of students known to be eligible for free school meals is twice the national average. The proportion of students supported by the academy who are disabled or with special educational needs is four times the national average, although the number with a statement of special educational need or supported at ‘school action plus’ is average. A small number of children who are looked after by the local authority attend the academy. The academy has specialist status in mathematics and design technology. The academy meets the minimum standards required by the government (floor targets). The academy opened in September 2010 following the closure of its predecessor school. Her Majesty’s Inspector (HMI) visited the academy in March 2012 to monitor its progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Many students enter the academy with low reading, writing and mathematical skills. They make outstanding progress to achieve above average results in GCSE examinations. Results in all of the English Baccalaureate subjects are significantly above the national average. The academy’s checking and review of its teaching are consistently accurate. Staff professional development opportunities are very good and have significantly improved teaching. Teaching is consistently good or better and students relish the imaginatively planned, vibrant lessons provided. Behaviour is outstanding. Students from different backgrounds work very well together, have a very positive attitude to learning and feel safe. They are courteous and immensely proud of their academy noting that the academy allows them ‘to be leaders of their own learning’. Attendance has improved significantly since the academy opened and is above the national average. The academy looks after the students exceptionally well, particularly those who find learning difficult. Support and challenge is highly personalised. The academy has used additional government funding very effectively to support a wide range of students in need of extra help. The progress of these students is often outstanding. The sixth form is good. Sixth form students make good and often outstanding progress from below average starting points. Some variations in standards remain between subjects. The students benefit from small teaching groups and very good resources. Outstanding leadership exists at every level. The leadership team has driven forward every aspect of academy life with vision, shared values and remorseless energy. The Governing Body offers effective challenge because of the clarity of the high quality information provided by the leadership team.