The Queen Elizabeth Academy

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About The Queen Elizabeth Academy

Name The Queen Elizabeth Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Mr Neil Harding
Address Witherley Road, Atherstone, CV9 1LZ
Phone Number 01827712477
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 701
Local Authority Warwickshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The school is well led and managed.

Parents, pupils and staff are overwhelmingly positive about the impact of school leaders and the principal. School leaders, including governors, have an accurate understanding of the school's strengths and areas for development. They have the capacity to continue improving opportunities for pupils.

Teaching overall is good. The majority of teachers know their pupils very well and most plan and teach lessons which help pupils of all abilities to learn well. However, some teachers' expectations of what pupils can achieve are not always high enough, nor do they always set work at the right level of difficu...lty, particularly for the most able.

Pupils achieved well overall in 2016. Pupils currently in the school continue to make good progress across the majority of subject areas, including English and mathematics. In 2016, progress made by Year 11 pupils in science was not as good, particularly their investigative skills.

Pupils' behaviour is outstanding. They have positive attitudes to learning. They work hard and the great majority take pride in their work.

Pupils are taught the skills needed to become thoughtful, self-confident citizens, able to express their views and opinions. This, together with a range of high-quality qualifications, means that they are very well prepared for the next stage of their education. The curriculum is broad and balanced and pupils make good progress overall.

The wide choice of clubs and activities, in which many pupils take part, helps provide many positive experiences of learning. However, some pupils are capable of being more independent in their work and using their own ideas and initiative. Pupils enjoy coming to school.

This is reflected in their good attendance, which is typically at least in line with the national average overall. Governors know the strengths of the school and where there are further improvements still to be made. They continue to develop their skills in holding leaders to account.

School leaders ensure that arrangements to keep pupils safe are thorough and effective.

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 Queen Elizabeth Academy converted to become an academy school on 1 September 2014. When its predecessor school, Queen Elizabeth School and Sports College, was last inspected by Ofsted it was judged to require improvement overall. The Queen Elizabeth Academy is smaller than the average secondary school.

The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is below average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below average. The majority of pupils are of White British origin.

An average proportion of pupils is eligible for additional government funding, known as the pupil premium. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is average. The school meets the government's current floor standards for secondary schools, which set the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress.

The school makes good use of alternative off-site provision for a very small number of pupils in Year 11 who attend North Warwickshire & Hinckley College. The school joined the Academy Transformation Trust in July 2016. The school moved into its new building in October 2016.

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