|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||11 March 2015|
|Address||Queens Road West, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 4FF|
|Number of Pupils||1135 (47% boys 53% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||14.9|
|Academy Sponsor||United Learning Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||23.3%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||12.6%|
Information about this school
Accrington Academy is a larger-than-average secondary school. The sixth form opened in September 2009. The academy is a member of the United Learning Trust. The proportion of disadvantaged students eligible for support through the pupil premium is high compared to the national average and includes almost half of the entire school. The pupil premium is additional government funding to support those students who are known to be eligible for free school meals and children looked after by the local authority. The proportion of students supported through a statement of special educational needs or the new education, health and care plan is well above the national average. The proportion of students from minority ethnic backgrounds and the proportion who speak English as an additional language are both average compared to the national picture. The academy uses Accrington and Rossendale College, Blackburn College and The Alternative School to provide alternative courses for a very small number of students. Placements at a local authority pupil referral provision are occasionally used. In 2014 the school did not meet the government’s current floor standards. These are the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress by the end of Key Stage 4.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. The Principal, senior and middle leaders and governors share high expectations and an unswerving commitment to ensure that every student achieves their goals, whatever their circumstances. The academy is improving rapidly. After a dip in achievement in mathematics in 2014, the academy has taken robust and effective measures to accelerate the progress of students across the school. Students are now achieving well and making rapid progress. Attainment overall at the end of Key Stage 4 is just below average. This represents good progress given students’ well-below average starting points. Teaching is typically good. Leaders have taken effective action to eradicate teaching that is less than good. Students’ behaviour around the school is good. They are proud of their school. Students’ positive attitudes and excellent attendance contribute to their good achievement. Students enjoy the many opportunities to attend clubs, extra classes and develop leadership skills. They show a clear understanding and awareness of British values of respect and tolerance. The subjects taught and the enrichment opportunities available prepare students well for the future and contribute effectively to students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The sixth form is going from strength to strength. Numbers are increasing and most students make very good progress, often from lower than average starting points. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The quality of teaching does not yet result in outstanding achievement for the majority of students. Skills in numeracy are not as strong as they are in literacy. Students in the sixth form from disadvantaged circumstances who are supported by additional funding did not do as well as other students nationally in 2014.