The ArtsXchange

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About The ArtsXchange

Name The ArtsXchange
Ofsted Inspections
Principal Mrs Gosia Klosek
Address City Road, London, EC1V 1JX
Phone Number 02045684747
Phase Academy
Type Free schools alternative provision
Age Range 14-19
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 36
Local Authority Camden
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The principal, deputy headteacher and staff are passionate about the power of creative arts to inspire young people back into education. Together, they have established a safe and nurturing learning environment where pupils thrive academically, socially and emotionally. Many pupils arrive with complex needs and have had very poor experiences in their previous schools.

Staff quickly build highly positive relationships with them that encourage trust. They employ effective strategies to address pupils' social and emotional needs, so that they are able to develop and learn. Pupils are articulate and creative.

However, many have gaps in their ...academic learning. Leaders have designed a curriculum that exploits pupils' interests in media and the performing arts, while ensuring that they achieve well in English, mathematics and humanities. Safeguarding is effective.

Leaders and staff are highly vigilant around keeping pupils safe. Leaders, staff and pupils are justifiably proud of their school and their achievements to date. Links with parents and carers are very strong.

They value highly the work of the school. As one parent said, 'The school has been a revelation for my daughter.' There is a unanimous feeling among staff and pupils that this vibrant school is 'like a family'.

As such, everyone shows respect and tolerance towards each other. The atmosphere is typically calm, safe and productive. Governors know the school well, are committed to its success and to turning the school's vision into a reality.

Sixth-form provision is good. Excellent links with industry professionals ensure that students have many opportunities to study a range of courses and to volunteer and/or work within the sector. Many students achieve well and progress to the next stage of their education and training.

Some pupils' complex lives, and social and emotional needs, inhibit them from attending regularly. This has a negative impact on the progress they make academically and socially. Leaders are working hard to address this.

Many pupils make good progress from their starting points academically, socially and emotionally. However, this progress can sometimes be sporadic depending on individual pupils' complex needs. Sometimes, initial assessments of ability are not always accurate.

Leaders are working to further maximise every learning opportunity to accelerate the progress some pupils make.

Information about this school

Wac Arts College is an alternative provision free school that opened on 1 September 2014. Almost a third of the pupils are known to be eligible for the pupil premium.

Almost half of pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds, which is higher than the national average. The proportion of pupils who receive special educational needs support is above the national average. Pupils who have a statement of special educational needs and/or disability or those with an education, health and care plan is much higher than the national average.

No pupils attend off-site training. The school shares its premises with Wac Arts – a community-based facility. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.

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