Trinity Academy New Bridge

Trinity Academy New Bridge


Name Trinity Academy New Bridge
Website http://www.tanmat.org
Inspections
Ofsted Inspections
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Address Craigshaw Road, Sunderland, SR5 3NF
Phone Number 01912986950
Type Academy (special)
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 118 (89.8% boys 10.2% girls)
Academy Sponsor Trinity Academy Newcastle
Local Authority Sunderland
Percentage Free School Meals 63.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.8%
Persistent Absence 74.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 1.7%
Highlights from Latest Inspection
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an inadequate school. Since the school opened in 2015 as an amalgamation of two schools, leaders have faced challenges in staffing, including managing staff absence.

This has had a detrimental effect on pupils' progress. Trustees have taken action to improve leadership. However, as many leaders are new or temporary, their leadership lacks the capacity to deliver good outcomes.

The recently appointed acting headteacher has taken immediate action to improve the quality of pupils' behaviour. Though now improving, it remains poor. The proportion of pupils excluded for a fixed period is above average.

Expectations of behaviour are not consistent en...ough and this hampers pupils' progress. Pupils' confidence and skills, particularly in writing, are low and action to tackle this has been slow. Attendance is too low and is not improving.

Pupils' achievement over time is poor in a wide range of subjects, including English, mathematics and science. Pupils do not make the progress they should from their different starting points. Systems to assess pupils' knowledge and understanding are underdeveloped.

Work in this area has been slowed because of changes in leadership. Most teachers do not use information about pupils' prior attainment to inform their planning. Consequently, learning activities are often too difficult, or too easy for a significant majority of pupils.

Some teachers' expectations of what pupils can achieve are not high enough, particularly for the most able pupils. Disadvantaged pupils' progress remains weak across the curriculum as planned additional targeted support is not available. The school has the following strengths The trustees know what needs to improve.

Their actions have ensured that safeguarding is now effective. Improved teaching in the sixth form is leading to stronger outcomes. Students are supported well for their next steps after school.

Information about this school

The New Bridge Academy is an average-sized secondary special school. It provides education for pupils with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. The majority of pupils have additional special educational needs and/or disabilities.

The majority of pupils have an education, health and care plan. In 2015, Springwell Dene and Castlegreen joined the Ascent Trust and amalgamated to become The New Bridge Academy. The school has not had a previous inspection.

The school is in the process of re-brokerage to another trust. The acting headteacher is a senior leader of Trinity Academy Trust, proposed as the new trust for the school. There is a school-to-school support agreement between the two trusts.

Most pupils join the school following a referral from the local authority. They join at times other than usual transition from Year 6. Many have started their secondary education in other schools.

Many arrive at school in Years 9 and 10 and have had significant disruption in their education prior to their arrival at The New Bridge Academy. A small number of pupils are on shared placements with the pupil referral unit while undergoing statutory assessment to attend the school. Three quarters of the pupils are known to be entitled to pupil premium funding.

This is much higher than the proportion found nationally. Most pupils are White British. No pupils speak English as an additional language.