The Petchey Academy

Name The Petchey Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 25 February 2015
Address Shacklewell Lane, Hackney, London, E8 2EY
Phone Number 02072751500
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1057 (58% boys 42% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 11.4
Academy Sponsor Petchey Academy
Local Authority Hackney
Percentage Free School Meals 36%
Percentage English is Not First Language 59.4%
Persisitent Absence 16.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 20.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The academy is larger than the average-sized secondary school and has more boys than girls. The vast majority of students are from minority ethnic groups, and the proportion is much higher than the national average. The three largest groups are from Any Other Black background, those of Caribbean heritage and those from Any Other White background. A high proportion of students are eligible for the pupil premium (additional government funding provided for students known to be eligible for free school meals, looked after by the local authority, or with parents in the armed forces). The proportion of students who speak a first language other than English is high. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs is well above the national average. The academy specialist provision is in health, care and medical science. It was awarded the Investors in People and Artsmark Gold level accreditation in 2014. The academy meets the current government floor standards which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Outstanding leadership and management at all levels have propelled the academy forward. This is because there is a sharp focus on raising standards through high quality teaching. Staff demonstrate commitment to leaders’ vision for improvement. The academy’s work to keep students safe is exemplary. The well-being of students, including provision for their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, is paramount to their learning. As a result, well-thought-out approaches to supporting them mean they are prepared for learning and achieving well. Achievement in the GCSE examinations and sixth form is good. Most students are making rapid progress, with disadvantaged students exceeding the standard expected nationally and performing as well as their peers. Behaviour is mostly good and students apply themselves to their work primarily because they believe in and apply the Petchey Way, ‘If I think I can…I can. Students therefore demonstrate resilience and a ‘can do’ approach as they strive to achieve well. A combination of good-quality teaching, a broad and innovative curriculum and enhanced activities to accelerate learning leads to students achieving well. The sixth form is very well led. Regardless of their starting points, students thrive in The University Gateway. This results in most moving on to higher education, with an increasing number entering the Russell Group universities. The governing body is skilful and its approach to strategic management means that the governors do not stand still; forward planning and challenging staff underpins their work. It is not yet an outstanding school because : A small minority of teaching is not consistently good in all subjects and this affects students’ overall attainment. The attitudes and behaviour of a very small minority of students is not good. This leads to low-level disruption affecting teaching and learning in a few lessons. Achievement in English, a key subject, is not as consistently good as it is in mathematics. Some of the most able students are not all making rapid progress to gain the highest grades possible in the GCSE examinations.