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Acklam Grange School

Name Acklam Grange School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 02 February 2016
Address Lodore Grove, Middlesbrough, TS5 8PB
Phone Number 01642277700
Type Academy
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
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.