Swindon Academy

Name Swindon Academy
Website http://www.swindon-academy.org
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Beech Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1JR
Phone Number 01793426900
Type Academy
Age Range 3-19
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1858 (48.5% boys 51.5% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.1
Academy Sponsor United Learning Trust
Local Authority Swindon
Percentage Free School Meals 37.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 14.4%
Persisitent Absence 13.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
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Information about this school

The school meets the Department for Education’s definition of a coasting school based on key stage 2 academic performance results in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The school does not meet requirements on the publication of information about Year 7 catch-up funding on its website. The school complies with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish. Swindon Academy is sponsored by United Learning Trust. Swindon Academy is larger than the average-sized school. It is built on two sites. One site has pupils from age two to 19 and the other has pupils from age two to 11. The proportion of pupils supported by pupil premium funding is above the national average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is above the national average, as is the proportion who have an education, health and care plan. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress at key stage 4 and for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Trustees, governors and leaders have worked tirelessly to ensure that pupils succeed within the all-through school and are providing them with enriched experiences. Teachers research and evaluate the best way to teach the diverse age range of pupils. Consequently, teaching, learning and assessment are good. Leaders in the secondary phase have maintained the high standards achieved in the end-of-year key stage tests in 2016. Current pupils are working with outcomes closer to national averages following the disappointing outcomes in key stage 2 in 2016. Pupils are making rapid progress in English and mathematics. However, more could be done to challenge the most able and the most able disadvantaged pupils. Pupils are well behaved and ready to learn. Leaders have very clear expectations of appropriate behaviour, which teachers manage effectively and consistently. Children in the newly-opened Nursery provision are learning well. They are well prepared to move on to the Reception class. However, teachers in the early years do not teach children to develop their writing skills well enough in preparation for key stage 1 in writing. There have been improvements for students studying academic subjects in the sixth form because of good teaching. Most disadvantaged pupils throughout the school are achieving as well as other pupils nationally because of the good quality of teaching. Pupils are provided with a vast range of extra-curricular opportunities that enhance their understanding of the arts, provide cultural stimuli and build on pupils’ sporting prowess. However, more could be done to help pupils understand British values. Improved provision for pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities has been planned recently but the impact is not yet discernible.