Admirals Academy Closed

Name Admirals Academy Closed
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 14 May 2014
Address Admirals Way, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2JT
Phone Number 01842753993
Type Primary
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 346

Information about this school

Admirals Academy is a larger than average-sized primary school. The school opened as an academy under the Academy Transformation Trust in November 2012. Most of the pupils are White British. The rest come from largely Portuguese heritages or Eastern European backgrounds. An above average number speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is above average. The proportion supported through school action plus or a statement of special educational needs is below average. A broadly average proportion of pupils are supported by the pupil premium. This provides additional funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals or looked after by the local authority.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. It has rapidly improved since the academy opened due to a sharper focus on pupils’ achievement and good-quality teaching. Standards are rising across the academy in reading, writing and mathematics. Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs are well supported so that they make good progress. The gap in achievement between those eligible for pupil premium funding and their classmates has narrowed. Pupils’ behaviour in and around the academy is good. This has a positive impact on their learning. The academy works hard to ensure pupils’ safety. The quality of teaching is good with some that is outstanding. Teachers provide very effective opportunities for pupils to develop their speaking and listening skills. The support and challenge provided by the Academy Transformation Trust, the academy’s sponsor, have had a positive impact on achievement, teaching and the particularly strong leadership provided by senior leaders. The governing body has led the academy well since it opened. Training has ensured that governors have a good understanding of its strengths and areas for improvement. All staff demonstrate a clear commitment to raising standards and improving teaching and learning. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Despite making good and rapidly improving progress, few more-able pupils reach the higher levels in reading, writing and mathematics. Some lessons do not fully engage pupils’ interest and enthusiasm, or provide sufficient challenge for them. Teachers have not had sufficient opportunities to learn from other highly effective practitioners. The resources for teaching pupils about the uses of new technology are not good enough to support good learning.