The Aylesbury Vale Academy

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About The Aylesbury Vale Academy

Name The Aylesbury Vale Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Executive Principal Gavin Gibson
Address Paradise Orchard, Aylesbury, HP18 0WS
Phone Number 01296428551
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 3-19
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1814
Local Authority Buckinghamshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The executive principal's inspirational leadership has enabled a rapid improvement across all areas of the academy. Despite a series of recruitment and staffing challenges, he has forged a strong team to achieve this. Trustees and governors have a clear oversight of the strategic priorities to ensure rapid improvement.

They skilfully hold leaders to account for further development. The curriculum is in the process of being expanded. More pupils have access to modern foreign languages in key stage 4 and a wider range of courses are planned for key stage 5.

Outcomes have improved because of strong subject leadership. Staff are committed to and senior leaders' initiatives. Most parents and carers value the work of the school and recognise the improvements.

However, a minority expressed concerns about the quality of communication from the school. Primary and secondary teachers know their classes very well. Typically, they teach lessons that stimulate pupils' interest and boost their understanding, skills and confidence.

However, occasionally some teachers' expectations are not high enough for some groups of pupils. Strong leadership and improved provision in early years ensure that children get off to a flying start to their primary education. Pupils' reading skills are promoted well.

In some subjects, writing, mathematical and communication skills are not as fully developed. New systems coupled with new leadership of special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) has led to improvements. Some teachers' planning requires further refinement to ensure that pupils with SEND make the same progress as their peers.

The very small cohorts of sixth formers achieve well in the business studies course on offer. Bespoke guidance supports students to progress on to their chosen university courses, employment or apprenticeships. Leaders have plans for a wider range of courses in future.

After a dip last year, leaders have improved overall attendance. However, not all groups of pupils attend in line with their peers. Behaviour and punctuality have significantly improved.

There is an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect across the school. Pupils' conduct is calm and orderly, and they generally apply themselves very well to their learning.

Information about this school

Aylesbury Vale Academy is a large all-through school with increasing numbers in the nursery, primary and secondary phases.

The proportions of disadvantaged pupils and those who speak English as an additional language are both much higher than average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is in line with the national average. The proportion of pupils who have an education, health and care plan is similar to that found nationally.

The school does not use any alternative provision. All pupils are educated on site. The school serves a mobile population, with pupils enrolling or leaving through the year.

The community served by Aylesbury Vale Academy has above average levels of deprivation. The school is led by an executive principal appointed in April 2016, and a vice-principal. There have been several changes to leadership and staffing over the past two years.

An acting primary headteacher and interim primary deputy headteacher were appointed in September 2018. Several other leaders took up their posts in September 2018. The school had a section 48 denominational inspection in July 2018.

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