The Flying High Academy

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About The Flying High Academy

Name The Flying High Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Head Mrs Kerry Chadburn
Address Somersall Street, Mansfield, NG19 6EW
Phone Number 01623415790
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 438
Local Authority Nottinghamshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The passionate, determined and uncompromising leadership of the headteacher has driven a relentless push for excellence. This has helped to secure rapid and continuous improvement across the school. The culture of a relentless determination to excel is shared, understood and promoted by all leaders in the school and across the school community.

Governors are highly skilled and have a clear and incisive knowledge of the school. Consequently, they contribute effectively to the collective drive for excellence. The academy trust is highly effective in providing tailored support, particularly in terms of recruitment and training.

The highly ef...fective leadership ensures that teaching is at least good. There is particularly strong practice in upper key stage 2, where changes have had more time to embed. Pupils now make good progress from their starting points, with some accelerated progress in reading and writing.

Disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities make the same good progress as others. The impeccable behaviour of pupils and their pride and aspiration is shown confidently across all times of the school day and through all aspects of school life. Pupils are keen to learn because the school's curriculum interests and enthuses them and is particularly effective at preparing them to be confident and responsible for their futures.

The early years leader ensures that children make a positive start to school. Children benefit from carefully planned, interesting and well-organised learning tasks. Pupils say they feel safe, highly valued and well cared for.

Parents are overwhelmingly positive about how well their children are being cared for. Teachers do not provide sufficient opportunities for pupils to develop their reasoning and deepen their understanding. Teachers do not always spot when the most able pupils, including disadvantaged most able pupils, are ready to be moved on to more challenging learning, to ensure that they make more rapid progress.

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school complies with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish. The Flying High Academy Ladybrook is larger than the average primary school.

Most children attending the school come from the immediate area. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage and a very small number speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is above the national average.

The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is below the national average. In 2015 and 2016, the school met the government's current floor standards for pupils' attainment and progress by the end of Year 6. The school has been part of the Flying High Trust since 1 January 2014 and the associated Candleby Lane Teaching School Alliance.

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