Tendring Enterprise Studio School Closed

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Tendring Enterprise Studio School Closed


Name Tendring Enterprise Studio School Closed
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 18 March 2014
Address Jaywick Lane, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO16 8BE
Phone Number 01255424600
Type Secondary
Age Range 14-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 151 (-2147483648% boys -2147483548% girls)
Local Authority Essex
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Tendring Enterprise Studio School is a much smaller than an average-sized secondary school. It opened and admitted its first students into Years 10 and 12 in September 2012. The school is sponsored by the Academies Enterprise Trust. However, although it is an academy, staff, students and parents all refer to it as a ‘school’, as does this report. Many students who join the school have had a significantly disrupted education in the past. Many have not attended school regularly and some have been educated at home. The proportion of students supported through the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children known to be eligible for free school meals, or who are in the care of the local authority, is significantly higher than the national average. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is above average. The proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. Post-16 provision is part of a consortium arrangement with Colchester Institute, Clacton Coastal Academy and Clacton County High School. All of the students undertake work experience each week. The school works with a wide range of employers and organisations that provide the work experience placements. A small number of students attend off-site provision provided by Essex Youth Service and New Approach. As the school only admitted its first students in September 2012, it has not yet been evaluated against the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement. It is not good because : Teaching, though improving, has not been good enough to close the gaps in many students’ knowledge and understanding. Consequently, their achievement requires improvement. Some teachers give students work to do that is too easy or too difficult, and do not question students closely enough to check their understanding. Teachers do not encourage more-able students to develop their ideas sufficiently. Teachers do not check that students have responded to feedback that shows them how to improve their work. Behaviour and safety require improvement because attendance is too low. Some students misbehave and then rush their work to catch up, or fail to complete it. Leadership and management require improvement as leaders have been tardy in introducing procedures for improving the quality of teaching. The sixth form requires improvement. Some students do not make the progress that they should either in their English and mathematics GCSE re-sits or in their vocational courses. The school has the following strengths The Principal and Vice-Principal provide determined leadership. They have created a safe environment which offers a wide range of work experience and enterprise opportunities that are helping prepare students for future employment. Students were keen to tell inspectors that their attitudes to learning have been transformed since joining the school because : of the commitment of their teachers and the positive relationships that they enjoy. Leaders have made sure that students can choose from a wide range of different courses, providing opportunities that would otherwise not be available to them locally. The school works effectively to support students who face challenging circumstances, so that they stay in education and improve their levels of achievement.