The Elizabethan Academy

Name The Elizabethan Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Hallcroft Road, Retford, DN22 7PY
Phone Number 01777713700
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 991 (50.5% boys 49.5% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.5
Academy Sponsor The Elizabethan Academy Trust
Local Authority Nottinghamshire
Percentage Free School Meals 18.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.7%
Persistent Absence 12.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 5.6%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (01 May 2018)
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Information about this school

The school is slightly smaller than the average-sized secondary school. The majority of pupils are White British. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is average. A small number of pupils attend off-site alternative provision at ?Stonesoup?. The school meets the government?s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils? achievement and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 11. The number of in-year admissions is higher than average. This has been attributed to the large multi-academy trust schools which are local to The Elizabethan Academy. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is slightly below the national average.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Relationships between teachers and pupils are very positive. Pupils feel encouraged to engage in their learning, which helps them to make progress. Leaders, governors, staff and pupils are working collaboratively to realise the principal?s ambitions for pupils? success. Pastoral support is very strong. Considerable emphasis is placed on all pupils? personal development and well-being. The school is welcoming, caring and inclusive. Leaders understand their roles and responsibilities. Senior leaders and middle leaders are being supported to further develop their effectiveness. Teachers have strong subject knowledge, which, in most subjects, is used well to motivate and interest pupils. Attendance is in line with the national average. However, the attendance of disadvantaged pupils is slightly lower. Pupils benefit from a wide range of enriching activities that they actively engage in. Performance management is a strength of the school. Staff have clear and aspirational targets which they work hard to achieve. The use of homework is variable at the school and so not all pupils benefit from the wider learning. Pupils in all year groups in a range of subjects are making strong progress. Disadvantaged pupils? progress is improving considerably. Leaders have amended the curriculum to ensure that it meets pupils? differing needs. Pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities are supported well via this curriculum. They make good progress. There are small pockets of weaker teaching in some subjects, such as science. Some work is not challenging enough, and the most able pupils do not always understand how to improve their work or achieve the highest grades. The advice and guidance students receive at sixth form are a strength. Students make strong progress over time and are well prepared for the next steps in their education, employment or training. Behaviour is good. The school is calm and orderly. Pupils wear their uniforms with pride and are happy at their school. Senior leaders and governors are working well in ensuring that the pupil premium spending is having impact. However, the impact of Year 7 catch-up funding is not as carefully tracked as it could be.