Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form Free School

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About Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form Free School

Name Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form Free School
Ofsted Inspections
Principal Mr Chris Jennings
Address The Old Fire Station, 30 Bethel Street, Norwich, NR2 1NR
Phone Number 01603280940
Phase Academy
Type Free schools 16 to 19
Age Range 16-19
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16
Academy Sponsor Inspiration Trust
Local Authority Norfolk
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings

This is an outstanding provider The ambitious and inclusive vision of senior leaders, governors and trust members has resulted in an outstanding educational experience for students. They thrive because of the very high quality of education that they receive. Leaders, governors and trust members have devised a high-quality and specialised study programme for science, mathematics and technology students.

It very successfully helps students to meet their career aims. Highly skilled, active and determined governors know the school very well. They hold leaders to account and encourage improvement very effectively.

Leaders and governors have successfully confronted almost all of the weakn...esses identified in the previous inspection. The principal, supported by staff, trust members and governors, has transformed teaching and learning, which are now outstanding. Students behave commendably.

They take pride in their work, attend very well and enjoy their learning. Well-qualified and highly enthusiastic teachers set very high standards for students. Their excellent subject knowledge and skilled teaching help students to meet or exceed their challenging targets.

Staff have instilled into students a strong desire to learn. Students work very hard, are keen to improve their work and want to succeed. Recently implemented systems for tracking students' progress make sure that staff intervene very quickly and effectively.

Teachers support students in danger of falling behind in their studies effectively. Almost all students pass their A levels. A large proportion gain high grades.

Students make very good progress in their studies. In most subjects, their work is of a higher standard than expected, given their prior attainment. Almost all students progress to higher education.

Just under half gain places at prestigious universities.

Information about the provider

Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form Free School (Sir Isaac Newton) opened in September 2013. The school is located in the centre of Norwich and is part of the Norwich-based Inspiration Trust, which is an academy sponsor of a number of schools in East Anglia.

The school works in partnership with the Jane Austen College, which is also part of the trust. Students attend the school from Norwich and the local area. Norwich is ranked 323rd out of 324 districts on the social mobility index.

Sir Isaac Newton is a lead school for the Norfolk and Suffolk mathematics hub. All students are on an academic study programme made up of A levels. At the time of the inspection, there were 369 students, with slightly more in Year 12 than in Year 13.