The Academy at Shotton Hall

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About The Academy at Shotton Hall

Name The Academy at Shotton Hall
Ofsted Inspections
Executive Principal Alexandra Hook
Address Passfield Way, Peterlee, SR8 1AU
Phone Number 01915180222
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1162
Local Authority County Durham
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. The Principal, governors and all leaders and managers have a relentless and successful focus on maintaining high standards and further improving the academy.

Consequently, both students' achievement and the quality of teaching are outstanding. Students make outstanding progress from their starting points. Current Year 11 students have already achieved well above average standards in gaining grades A*-C in GCSE mathematics and are on track to reach similar levels in English and science.

Teaching is outstanding. Teachers are extremely knowledgeable, have very high expectations of students and give them the confidence to succeed. Th...ey are increasingly focused on ensuring that even more students make better than expected progress.

In a small minority of lessons, students do not have sufficient opportunities to develop their research, thinking and problem-solving skills or to practise their mathematical skills. Students have excellent attitudes to learning and are extremely keen to succeed. Their behaviour is exemplary and they feel completely safe at the academy.

Lessons are conducted in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust. Leaders and managers continually review the academy's progress. Staff are given high quality training to improve their skills and they share their excellent practice with each other.

As a teaching school, the academy shares its valuable expertise with staff and students from other schools. Students and staff feel valued and have great pride in the academy. Morale is high.

A very rich curriculum, coupled with the academy's specialist focus on performing arts, gives students the confidence to develop their talents in dance, drama, music and sport, to travel to new places and to take part in a huge range of varied and exciting enrichment activities. All of these activities enhance students' personal development.

Information about this school

The Academy at Shotton Hall converted to become an academy school on 1st February 2011.

When its predecessor school, Shotton Hall School, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be outstanding. It is a designated teaching school. This academy is larger than the average-sized secondary school.

The proportion of students known to be supported by the pupil premium (additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and those children who are looked after by the local authority) is well above average. A well-below-average proportion of students are from minority ethnic backgrounds, and a similar proportion speaks English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled students and those with special educational needs who are supported through school action is average, whilst the proportion supported at school action plus and with a statement of special educational needs is above average.

The academy meets and exceeds the government's current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students' attainment and progress. The academy has specialist status in the performing arts. Sixty-six Year 10 students attend vocational courses at East Durham College and a very small number of students attend the Green School in Lanchester.

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