The Grangefield Academy

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About The Grangefield Academy

Name The Grangefield Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Principal Miss Kate Wright
Address Oxbridge Avenue, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 4LE
Phone Number 01642353637
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1012
Local Authority Stockton-on-Tees
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Education at The Grangefield Academy is underpinned by a strong sense of moral purpose. Leaders' vision of 'outcomes focused, child centred' is alive and well in this school. Pupils do exceptionally well here.

Pupils arrive from a wide range of backgrounds and abilities. They are all individually valued and challenged to do their best. Pupils leave having achieved highly, both academically and socially.

Staff expect only the very best from the pupils in their care.

Praise and recognition of success is at the heart of this school. Leaders celebrate any particularly impressive work with pupils every Thursday lunchtime at 'Proud'.

Pupils frequently appl...aud each other in classrooms for their praiseworthy contributions. The culture of achievement and encouragement within the school is palpable.

Pupils have high expectations of each other's behaviour and attitudes.

All are treated with respect. Leaders challenge pupils not to be bystanders to negative behaviour. Bullying is taken seriously.

Even the hint of bullying is dealt with at speed. Pupils feel safe and happy here. They talk positively about their experiences and trust the adults in school.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders have planned what pupils will learn at school with precision and expertise. The curriculum is wide and ambitious for all pupils. Leaders are ensuring that the number of pupils who study the full suite of subjects that make up the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is strong and continues to rise.

The EBacc is a suite of subjects that includes English, mathematics, science, a language and either history or geography. Across all subject areas, the curriculum is meticulously planned. Leaders are clear about exactly what they want pupils to learn; this goes beyond simply passing exams.

Leaders value the power of knowledge. 'Need to know it' books support pupils across all of their subjects. But the 'tonne of knowledge' introduces pupils to information that leaders have decided is important to help pupils be intelligent and educated citizens, beyond their academic subjects.

Teachers deliver the curriculum extremely well. Leaders ensure that teachers have the expert subject knowledge that they need to deliver new content clearly. Teachers' explanations are logical and clear, which helps pupils to understand new ideas.

This is particularly true for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Staff ensure that pupils with SEND are exceptionally well supported to access the ambitious curriculum alongside their peers. Leaders ensure that staff regularly receive training about how best to support pupils with SEND.

They then check the quality of this support frequently.

Teachers use recall activities effectively to make sure that pupils remember what they have learned. This helps them to build on what they already know.

Teachers use questioning effectively to find gaps in pupils' knowledge. Teachers expect all pupils to engage actively in lessons. In English lessons, 'provocation' statements are used to encourage debate and help pupils develop their own opinions.

Leaders recognise the importance of reading in pupils' future success. The reading curriculum is extremely well developed. Leaders have considered carefully how to support pupils who find reading difficult, but also inspire a love of reading for all.

The reading curriculum deliberately exposes pupils to texts that will challenge their views and allow them to experience new genres.

Pupils across school conduct themselves with maturity. Leaders have carefully cultivated a positive climate.

Teachers engage pupils in conversation around site and role model positive interactions. There is clear evidence of respect and consideration between staff and pupils. Staff share the same high expectations for pupils' behaviour.

Clear systems are followed if pupils do not meet these high standards.

Leaders' commitment to the wider development of pupils is evident. The 'Life' curriculum is given the same importance as other academic subjects.

Leaders have ensured that this curriculum has been designed to suit pupils' likely community experiences. Pupils engage with ideas and concepts that will prepare them to be positive citizens. Pupils learn about the importance of community and their place in it.

Pupils recently took part in a 'just say thanks' initiative, where they baked cakes and delivered them to a local hospital.

Pupils are well informed about their choices when they leave school. Leaders encourage pupils to be aspirational and aim high.

If pupils leave without a secure destination, leaders continue to provide them with support to make the right choices.

Leaders have created a community that staff and pupils are proud to be part of. Staff feel valued and extremely well supported.

Staff and pupils appreciate the visible presence of leaders. Leaders are closely involved in all aspects of school life. They have an exceptionally clear view of the school's priorities and strengths.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders ensure that all staff understand the importance of keeping pupils safe. Regular training means that staff are absolutely clear about how to report any concerns that they might have about pupils' welfare.

Pupils also understand the safeguarding systems in school well. They know what issues they should report to staff. They trust the adults to keep them safe.

Leaders are acutely aware of what risks their pupils might face in the community. They make sure those risks are addressed through their curriculum. Leaders closely monitor pupils who are vulnerable and ensure they receive the support that they need.

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