Academy 360 Closed


Name Academy 360 Closed
Ofsted Inspection Rating Inadequate
Inspection Date 17 May 2016
Address Portsmouth Road, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR4 9BA
Phone Number 01913006506
Type Other
Age Range 4-16
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 797

Information about this school

This all-through school is smaller than typical secondary schools. The vast majority of pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children in local authority care and for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, is well-above average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs or disability support or with an education, health and care plan is well above that found nationally. The academy makes use of a range of alternative provision for pupils where necessary. The academy provides a local authority resource base known as ‘the Hub’. This provision currently caters for 30 pupils with severe learning difficulties, all of whom are registered on the roll of the academy. The executive principal, secondary headteacher and secondary deputy headteachers joined the school in September 2015. The primary headteacher and primary assistant headteachers are the same team as at the previous inspection. The school meets the government’s current key stage 2 floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress by the end of Year 6. The school does not meet the government’s current key stage 4 floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress by the end of Year 11. The school is currently sponsored by Gentoo, a social housing group that contributes to the regeneration of the surrounding area. It is planned that the school will become part of the Laidlaw Schools Trust by September 2016. The school does not meet requirements on the publication of information about key stage 4 results on its website. Ofsted_Logo_Black_RGB

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an inadequate school Weak teaching over time in the secondary phase has resulted in pupils failing to achieve as well as they should. In the secondary phase, all pupil groups make inadequate progress and reach significantly below average standards in English, mathematics and science by the end of Year 11. The secondary curriculum does not meet the learning needs of pupils. Older pupils’ personal development and welfare needs are not fully met. Prior to the arrival of the recently appointed secondary leadership team, a pattern of declining standards in key stage 4 was not tackled. Some secondary subject leaders’ skills to drive the required improvements in their subjects are not well developed. They do not systematically check for impact on the quality of teaching and improvements in pupils’ outcomes. The school has the following strengths The executive principal and the senior secondary leaders, who have been in post since September 2015, are tackling the weaknesses in the secondary phase with great determination. This is bringing noticeable improvements across the school. Good leadership is provided by the primary headteacher and the well-established primary school leadership team. Good-quality teaching across the early years and primary phase ensures that pupils make good progress. By the end of Year 6, most pupils are working at the levels expected for their age. Provision for pupils who have special educational needs or disability both within the main school and those taught in ‘the Hub’ is strong. Consequently, these pupils make at least expected progress and their personal development needs are well met. Behaviour across the school is good. Pupils are courteous and behave well in lessons and at social times. Some new appointments have improved the impact of teaching on progress during this school year. Ofsted_Logo_Black_RGB