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Ofsted Reports

Ofsted Inspection Reports

The Academy was inspected by Ofsted in June 2013 and again in October 2017 under a short inspection. In 2013 Ofsted rated the Academy as Good across all of the four inspected areas, leading to an overall effectiveness of Good. The four key areas that formed the inspection were Achievement of Pupils, Quality of Teaching, Behaviour and Safety of Pupils and Leadership and Management. The short inspection in October 2017 recognised that the Academy had improved further on the Good judgement and that safeguarding continued to be highly effective.

Please find below a selection of quotes form the feedback letter, (links to the full documents can be found at the bottom of this page):



You provide strong and confident leadership and a clear sense of direction and ambition.

Your detailed self-evaluation accurately identifies the school’s strengths

and the areas that need to improve further.

Highly organised systems for monitoring and training are used to promote improving outcomes for pupils.

The curriculum offers every opportunity for pupils to succeed.

Disadvantaged pupils make good progress. This is due to your leadership team’s relentless focus on pupils who need support.

You and your leadership team are ambitious to enable disadvantaged pupils to make even greater progress.



You employ a very effective range of intervention strategies which ensure that the needs of all pupils are met.

For most groups, attendance is now in line with the national average.

You have reduced previous differences between the achievement of disadvantaged pupils and other pupils significantly. 

You deal with incidents of bullying quickly and effectively.

Pupils are well prepared and fully supported in making choices both at key stage 3 and post-16.

They benefit from a comprehensive careers education programme in personal, social and health education lessons and assemblies.



Pupils are confident in the measures the school has in place to keep them safe.



The majority of current pupils make good progress in a wide range of subjects including English and mathematics.

There is a strong, personalised approach which parents and pupils value.

Attainment has risen in English, mathematics and science.

Pupils’ basic skills have improved.

Classrooms are well ordered and pupils are keen to take part in activities.

Pupils use the feedback their teachers give them to make good progress and respond well to the support they receive.

Provision for pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is strong and improving.

… staff pay close attention to improving pupils’ literacy and numeracy



Governors are well informed and provide you with a good balance of support and challenge.

Governors and your leadership team ensure that all safeguarding arrangements are up to date.



Pupils are proud of their school.

They are polite and respectful, wear their uniform with pride and treat each other with kindness.

Pupils fully support the school’s inclusive policies and practices.

Pupils’ attitudes to learning are good.


All Staff

You have the full support of the staff and strong leaders.

A culture of ambition in the school is helping to improve standards and outcomes for pupils.

Staff work well with parents and carers.

You and other leaders, supported by well-trained governors, teachers and other staff, have created a strong culture of safety which permeates every aspect of school life.


To read the full report please use the links below.

ofsted short inspection report oct 2017

Ofsted Inspection Report June 2013

Key Stage 4 Performance Tables

Ofsted Survey for Art, Craft and Design February 2012

Ofsted Monitoring Visit Letter – November 2011

Ofsted website for BBA

Ofsted Parent Guide