|Name||Acklam Grange School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||02 February 2016|
|Address||Lodore Grove, Middlesbrough, TS5 8PB|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||1440 (50% boys 50% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||15.5|
|Academy Sponsor||The Legacy Learning Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||20.9%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||31.8%|
Information about this school
Acklam Grange is a larger than average-sized secondary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is above the national average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is higher than the national average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is higher than the national average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is well above the national average. The proportion of pupils with an education, health and care plan is below the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school runs its own offsite alternative education provision, Resolution, for some students.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school Senior leaders are relentless in building a culture of high aspiration that informs all aspects of the school’s work. Senior leaders and governors act strongly to improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment by supporting teachers to improve their practice and by boldly tackling ineffective teaching. As a result, standards are improving. The quality of leadership across the school is outstanding and highly effective quality assurance processes are improving provision and outcomes. As a result of stronger leadership and better quality teaching, outcomes for pupils are good and improving. Through closer monitoring, stronger support and improving teaching, disadvantaged pupils are making better progress. Initiatives such as the school’s own alternative education provision and integrated pupil support services are meeting the individual needs of pupils and helping them to achieve better outcomes while reinforcing good behaviour. The arrangements for safeguarding pupils are effective. Staff promote a culture of safety alongside values of tolerance and mutual respect that prepares pupils well for life in modern Britain. The school works actively and reflectively with external partners to continually improve teaching and outcomes. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The curriculum is not providing sufficient challenge for all pupils. Gaps are narrowing but still exist in the achievement of some groups of pupils. The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is improving but some variability still exists between key stages and subjects.