The Academy School

The Academy School


Name The Academy School
Website http://www.academyschoolhampstead.com/
Inspections
Ofsted Inspections
Address 2 Pilgrims Place, Rosslyn Hill, London, NW3 1NG
Phone Number 02074356621
Type Independent
Age Range 6-14
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 82 (59.8% boys 40.2% girls)
Local Authority Camden
Percentage Free School Meals 0.0%
Pupils with SEN Support 4.9%

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils told us that they love coming to school and said it feels like being in a happy family. They enjoy learning and said that teachers challenge everyone to do their very best.

Relationships across the school are excellent. Pupils are inquisitive and have a thirst for learning. Their behaviour is exemplary, and they cannot recall any incidents of bullying. They know that they can share any concerns with a trusting adult and will get the help that they need. They feel safe and secure.

Leaders have very high expectations for all pupils. They make sure that pupils gain a deep knowledge and understanding across the subjects studied. Teachers motivate pupils to think deeply and critically.

Pupils enjoy participating in a range of enrichment activities. These enhance and nurture their skills and interests. Staff are adept at supporting pupils to develop their individual talents further and beyond the school. This includes performing on stage and playing in international sporting events.

Parents and carers are unanimous in their praise for the school. They told us that their children thrive. They appreciate how well the school prepares their children for the future. This is because pupils achieve excellence in their academic studies and character development.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The four proprietors have created a shared ethos of care and aspiration for excellence in all aspects of school life. There is a great sense of teamwork among staff and with the pupils. Staff and pupils say that leaders value them and take care of their well-being. The school is a happy place to learn and work, and morale is high.

Teachers have great expertise in their subjects and teach with huge passion. This is infectious and makes pupils curious and inquisitive. Leaders and teachers plan the curriculum carefully. Pupils build on their learning in a logical way. Teachers are adept at responding to pupils’ academic interests. They help them to make links across different areas of learning. For instance, in geography, pupils learned about rivers. They linked this to discussing the impact of climate change on flooding. Pupils who fall behind benefit from effective and timely support so that their individual needs are met. They catch up quickly with their peers. Pupils stretch their minds and achieve highly in all subjects.

Leaders give high priority to developing pupils’ reading skills. Staff ensure that pupils read a range of texts that are suited to their abilities. Pupils read at school and at home every day. They are never without a book to read. Pupils keep a spare book in their bags for when they finish their current reading, and teachers give them a reading list for the holidays. As they move up the school, they become avid readers. They gain strong comprehension skills and acquire a range of vocabulary. Pupils thus develop a love for reading and books. Pupils in Year 6 write and publish their own novels.

Pupils are attentive and motivated, and are rarely distracted from learning. They have excellent social skills. Attendance is high. They are considerate, respectful and care for each other. They make pupils joining the school feel very welcome.

Pupils’ personal development is superb. They develop resilience, confidence and become increasingly independent. Pupils embrace what the school has to offer. For example, they can play in the orchestra, sing in the choir, play chess or learn karate. They raise funds for various charities. In addition, pupils get involved in local community projects such as for helping the homeless. They benefit from regular physical exercise. Many compete in sporting tournaments. High-quality pastoral care supports pupils’ mental and emotional well-being. All pupils take part and collaborate in the school’s annual musical production. Through this they develop musical, dancing, drama, design and building, and presentation skills.

The proprietors make sure that the school consistently meets the independent school standards. The school complies with schedule 10 of the Equality Act 2010. Leaders make sure that the quality of the curriculum, careers education and provision for effective social, moral, spiritual and cultural development are of a constantly high standard. This means that the school prepares pupils well for the next stages of their education and life in modern Britain.

Safeguarding

The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Staff know the pupils well and are vigilant in supporting their safety. They receive up-to-date training and know how to report any concerns they may have. The proprietors carry out all the proper checks on adults who work at the school. They keep the site safe and secure, and in a good state of repair.

Staff and visitors teach pupils about risk. Pupils thus learn how to the keep themselves safe in different situations, such as when using the internet. Leaders work well with external agencies to support any pupils who need extra help.