Thorp Academy

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About Thorp Academy

Name Thorp Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Executive Principal Miss Joanna Macaulay
Address Main Road, Ryton, NE40 3AH
Phone Number 01914132113
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1418
Local Authority Gateshead
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school This is a rapidly improving school. Leaders, including governors, provide strong leadership that is unashamedly focused on improving the life chances of every pupil. Most teachers know their pupils well.

They plan engaging lessons that are well matched to pupils' needs. Current pupils are making good progress in all key stages across a range of subjects. However, a small minority of less-effective teaching exists in the school.

Rates of attendance are improving and persistent absence is declining. However, while pupils' overall attendance is now broadly average, disadvantaged pupils attend less often and are persistently absent more often... than other pupils nationally. The quality of provision in the sixth form is strong.

Outcomes are improving and the vast majority of students progress to appropriate higher education, employment and training. Leaders ensure that the curriculum meets pupils' needs. The vast majority of pupils develop a range of skills that serve them well when they leave school.

However, plans to teach skills across the curriculum are not as clear as they could be. The behaviour of pupils is excellent. Pupils engage in mature conversation with their peers and staff.

A positive working atmosphere exists in and around school. The quality of governance has improved substantially since September 2017. Governors' understanding of the school's strengths and weaknesses are accurate.

They effectively hold staff and leaders to account. Most parents and carers say that the quality of education provided by the school continues to improve. They are particularly pleased with the pastoral care and support that is available.

However, a small minority of parents have concerns regarding home–school communication, pupil-progress reports and the organisation of parents' evenings. A strong reading culture exists within the school. Nevertheless, strategies to support the weakest readers are not well matched to the needs of some pupils.

Provision for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) is very good. Current pupils with SEND make strong progress across all key stages.

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized secondary school.

The vast majority of pupils attending the school are White British. The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged and receive support from the pupil premium is above the national average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is below average.

The school has a specialist resource provision base (ARMS) for 23 pupils with complex learning needs. Currently, 11 pupils with SEND are supported in this way. These pupils attend lessons in the specialist resource base and in classes with their peers.

The school is a member of the Northern Education Trust (NET). Ultimate responsibility for the school rests with the board of trustees of NET. Some of the work of the board is delegated to the academy council, the governors of the academy.

The governors ensure the trust's vision, values, policies and priorities are implemented, hold the school to account and develop local community and employer links. An executive principal works in the school on a part-time basis. Currently, the school uses part-time and full-time alternative education provision at Thomas Hepburn Academy, TLG Newcastle and River Tyne Academy, Gateshead, for a small number of pupils.

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