The Ridge Academy

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About The Ridge Academy

Name The Ridge Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Principal Ms Liz Oakey
Address Clyde Crescent, Whaddon, Cheltenham, GL52 5QH
Phone Number 01242512680
Phase Academy (special)
Type Academy special sponsor led
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 63
Local Authority Gloucestershire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school.

Teaching at The Ridge is good. As a result, pupils who are often behind in reading, writing and mathematics when they join the academy are able to quickly start to catch-up. Teachers plan lessons very precisely to meet pupils' individual needs and this helps them to make good progress.

Pupils make good, and sometimes outstanding, progress in improving their behaviour. Staff are calm, kind and firm. They teach pupils different ways to manage their emotions and help them to communicate more effectively.

Pupils whose behaviour is very challenging are given excellent support. The Principal's leadership is outstanding. She is complet...ely committed to making sure that the academy continually improves.

She has been highly effective in improving the quality of teaching and the outcomes for the pupils since the academy opened. Senior staff support her very well. Staff are full of good ideas about how to help pupils to succeed, and put these into action in their lessons and the activities they run.

Governors frequently visit the academy to monitor its work and to meet staff and pupils. They know what is going well and what still needs some more work. They ask good, challenging questions of the senior leaders.

It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils learn many different subjects each week in addition to English and mathematics. However, the academy does not yet have enough precise information about how well they are doing in these subjects. The youngest pupils often enjoy their learning and make progress with their communication skills, reading, writing and mathematics.

However, they do not have the chance to do enough purposeful play-based activities to help them to learn really well.

Information about this school

The academy opened in September 2012, replacing a school in special measures. It is sponsored by the Academies Enterprise Trust.

The academy has designated places for 44 primary-aged children, all of whom have a statement of special educational needs for behavioural, emotional and social difficulties. It is the only specialist primary provision in Gloucestershire for this group of pupils, who travel long distances to and from the academy. Just over 10% of pupils are from minority ethnic groups.

No pupils speak English as an additional language. The majority of pupils are entitled to free school meals. Around a fifth of pupils are looked after by the local authority.

The academy receives the pupil premium (additional government funding) for both these groups – around 75% of pupils in total. The vast majority of pupils are in Years 4 to 6, with very small numbers from Years 1 to 3. There are very few girls on roll.

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