Whittle Academy

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About Whittle Academy

Name Whittle Academy
Website https://www.whittleacademy.org/
Ofsted Inspections
Executive Headteacher Mrs Michelle Harris
Address Narberth Way, Coventry, CV2 2LH
Phone Number 02476610167
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 244
Local Authority Coventry
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Whittle Academy continues to be a good school.

The headteacher of this school is Michelle Harris.

This school is part of Inspire Education Trust, which means other people in the trust also have responsibility for running the school. The trust is run by the chief executive officer, Lois Whitehouse, and overseen by a board of trustees, chaired by David Bermingham. There is also an executive headteacher, Rob Darling, who is responsible for this school and six others.

What is it like to attend this school?

Whittle Academy is an inclusive school with a warm, caring ethos. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are particularly well included in school l...ife. There is a strong sense that everyone will achieve.

One parent said, 'Every child is welcome here whatever their needs.' This reflects the views of many parents.

The school sets high expectations.

Everyone expects pupils to work hard and behave well. This starts in early years. Here, children learn the school's core values 'care for ourselves, care for others, care for the world'.

These values are part of everyday life throughout the school. This culture contributes to pupils' good behaviour. Pupils try their best and take pride in their work.

They build their knowledge and skills well as they move through the school and are ready for the next phase in their education.

Pupils enjoy many wider curriculum experiences such as residential trips and local visits. They benefit from external visitors including authors.

These activities enhance learning and broaden their horizons. They love participating in events with other schools. Everyone is proud of the Whittle Warblers who recently sang at a national Young Voices event.

These activities prepare pupils well to become active and caring citizens.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The school has created a well-structured curriculum that is broad and ambitious. It focuses on the important knowledge and vocabulary that pupils need.

It is designed to make learning relevant to pupils' lives and the community. This pays off. Pupils love learning and are proud of their school.

They learn about local history and the role that Coventry has played nationally. They are especially proud of the Coventry inventor Sir Frank Whittle and his turbojet engine.

Pupils who join the school at different times in the school year are assessed quickly.

Teachers prioritise basic skills so that pupils can access the curriculum. As a result, pupils achieve well.

Children get off to a good start in early years.

Staff make sure that children share lots of language-rich activities. They get to know stories, songs and rhymes. Many children demonstrate a love of reading.

This develops their confidence with language and paves the way for future learning. Leaders prioritise the teaching of reading. Staff have high levels of expertise and confidence in teaching phonics because there is regular training and coaching.

Teachers assess pupils and provide extra help to those pupils who are falling behind. However, a small number of these pupils do not practise and apply new sounds frequently enough. This slows the pace at which they become confident, fluent readers.

Improvements made to the wider reading curriculum are paying off. The school has invested in new books to broaden pupils' reading experiences. More pupils are starting to read widely and share favourite books with others.

This is strengthening their language comprehension.

Teachers provide skilful care and support for pupils with SEND. Activities are suitably adapted to ensure these pupils learn the same things as their classmates.

This helps pupils to achieve well. The enhanced resource provision provides pupils with more complex needs bespoke support from well-trained adults. They are learning the curriculum well at their level.

The mathematics curriculum is delivered through the skilled use of well-chosen resources. The school places a strong focus on securing pupils' confidence and mental fluency. This starts in early years.

Children are taught mathematics through practical activities, stories and rhymes. They explore number patterns and use mathematical language confidently to explain their thinking. They achieve well.

The school has ensured that the same level of thought and care has gone into foundation subjects. Pupils recall key aspects of physical geography such as volcanoes and earthquakes. They remember important historical knowledge and events.

For example, pupils talk maturely about the causes and consequences of the Versailles Treaty. Pupils develop a good understanding of the world that they live in.

The school tracks pupils' attendance regularly.

It provides an appropriate balance of support and challenge for families where poor attendance is an issue. Pupils' attendance is improving.

There is a strong curriculum for personal, social and health education.

Pupils speak confidently about different faiths and cultures. They remember what they have learned about important issues such as racism and the dangers of online platforms.

Trust and school leaders and those responsible for governance are ambitious and highly effective in their roles.

Staff are positive about the support and consideration that they receive for their workload and well-being.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• A small number of pupils who have fallen behind in their reading do not have sufficient time to practise the sounds that they have learned.

This slows down the rate at which they become fluent and confident readers. The school should ensure that all pupils who fall behind in reading frequently practise new sounds so that they become fluent and confident readers.


When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the first ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in June 2018.

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