TBAP Aspire AP Academy Closed

Name TBAP Aspire AP Academy Closed
Website http://www.tbap.org.uk/aspire
Ofsted Inspection Rating Inadequate
Inspection Date 08 May 2019
Address Commonside Road, Harlow, Essex, CM18 7EZ
Phone Number 01279444101
Type Academy
Age Range 4-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 40 (70% boys 30% girls)
Local Authority Essex
Percentage Free School Meals 22.5%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school joined the TBAP Multi-Academy Trust in January 2018. It aims to provide alternative provision for pupils permanently excluded from mainstream schools. Most pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is below average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is above average. All pupils have SEND. A higher-than-average proportion of pupils have an education, health and care plan. The school does not receive catch-up funding. A few pupils are taught off-site at home, in Harlow Library or at the Parmingdon Centre, Harlow.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an inadequate school Safeguarding is ineffective. Certain checks of the suitability of staff appointed to work with pupils are not carried out routinely. Child protection records are poorly maintained. There are no systematic procedures to record the actions taken to protect pupils from harm. Too many pupils have poor attendance, and leaders are unaware of where all pupils are. This represents a significant safeguarding concern. Pupils’ poor behaviour and attitudes in lessons disrupt teaching. This prevents them from making sufficient progress. Not enough staff are suitably trained to manage challenging behaviour. Incidents of poor behaviour are not recorded systematically or analysed routinely to inform actions to make improvements. There is an over-reliance on temporary staff because many senior leaders, teachers and support staff are not in school due to sickness absence. School and trust leaders have not done enough to resolve the areas for improvement noted at the time of the school’s previous inspection. There are no robust procedures in place to assess how well pupils are progressing. The pupil premium is not used effectively to improve the outcomes of disadvantaged pupils. Poor relations between staff and the trust are undermining the school’s capacity to improve. Some staff do not have confidence in the trust to secure improvement. The local governing board provides very limited support or challenge for leaders to make improvements. Governors do not protect staff and pupils by ensuring that all fire safety requirements are met. The trust board does not monitor the school’s work closely enough. Consequently, its view of the school’s effectiveness is inaccurate. The school has the following strengths Effective teaching and learning, combined with good-quality care, enable primary-aged pupils to re-engage in learning and achieve well. Recent interim arrangements, including a seconded interim head of school, made by the trust to bolster the school’s leadership are beginning to have a positive impact.