The Westwood Academy

Name The Westwood Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Mitchell Avenue, Canley, Coventry, CV4 8DY
Phone Number 02476467779
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 611 (53.8% boys 46.2% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.1
Academy Sponsor Kenilworth Multi Academy Trust
Local Authority Coventry
Percentage Free School Meals 31.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 17.6%
Persisitent Absence 23.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 21.3%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (13 June 2013)
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Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized secondary school. The school converted to become an academy on the 1 August 2011. When the predecessor school, The Westwood School – a Technology College, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be good. Most students are of White British heritage and most speak English as their first language. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which in this school provides additional funding for students in local authority care and those known to be eligible for free school meals, is above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. Alternative provision at Arthur Rank, City College, Moor Farm, CWT and Motovate offers a small number of students additional support and education.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Teaching is good and sometimes outstanding. Teachers provide lively and exciting tasks that enable students to build their learning step by step. Students’ behaviour is good, both in lessons and around the school, and they feel very safe. They are polite and welcoming, and keen to talk positively about their school. The headteacher, senior team and governing body take a strong lead in driving improvement. Rigorous checks on teaching, followed up with good training and support where they are needed, maintain the high quality of classroom practice. Students’ achievement is good. Their attainment is well below average when they start in Year 7, but they make good progress and leave with attainment that is broadly in line with national averages. The range of subjects and courses students study are well matched to their individual needs. The sixth form is good. The progress students make is good and improving rapidly. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The quality of written marking is inconsistent, and too few opportunities are provided for students to respond to the advice given. Some students do not come to school as often as they should. This hinders their progress. Occasionally, teaching is not fully effective when tasks are not at the right level of difficulty to match individual students’ needs. Leaders have not done enough to share the good and outstanding practice in marking and lesson planning that exists in the school.