This is a good school Southmoor Academy is a good and improving school where pupils are achieving well. The headteacher provides strong and effective leadership.
He is effectively assisted by leaders at all levels. There have been recent substantial improvements in the quality of teaching in English, mathematics and humanities. The difference in academic performance between disadvantaged pupils and other pupils nationally is diminishing.
Most pupils are keen to do well and behave well in lessons and around the school. Occasionally, some of the younger pupils lose focus in class, fidget and do not complete their work. Good teaching, learning and assessment enab...le all groups of pupils to progress well.
Teachers deploy their skilled classroom assistants well to ensure that pupils with the greatest level of need are supported to make good progress There are several instances of teachers not challenging weak presentation of graphs and diagrams in mathematics. Some teachers do not ensure that pupils respond to their marking in accordance with school policy..
Pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities achieve well because : they benefit from good-quality support. Good provision on the recently introduced 16 to 19 study programmes enables students to achieve well at A level. Courses are effectively led and managed, and welfare arrangements for students are good.
Many students make successful applications to university. .However, some students' independent study skills require further development.
Support for those who do not do well enough at GCSE in mathematics has not been good enough. Pupils' attendance last year was around the national average. Disadvantaged pupils and pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities now attend more regularly.
School development planning identifies the main areas that need to be improved, but it lacks easily measurable targets in relation to all groups of pupils' attainment and progress. School leaders and governors have an effective focus on the quality of education that the school provides, especially in relation to the quality of teaching, curriculum and pupils' outcomes.
Information about this school
Southmoor Academy is larger than the average-sized secondary school.
Since the previous inspection, the school has developed 16 to 19 study programmes. The school forms part of the Southmoor Academy Trust, which includes another local secondary school. Since the previous inspection, there have been many staff changes at all levels of seniority including the headteacher.
Most pupils are White British. There are few pupils from minority ethnic groups. Very few speak English as an additional language.
The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is similar to that found nationally. The proportion of pupils supported through pupil premium funding is above that found nationally. Through the auspices of the Southmoor Academy Trust, the school provides assistance to Sandhill View Academy, which is the other member school.
The school meets the government's current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress by the end of Year 11. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school complies with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish.